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Morocco Denies Summoning Ambassadors to Saudi Arabia, UAE

Morocco Denies Summoning Ambassadors to Saudi Arabia, UAE

Sunday, 10 February, 2019 - 06:45
A general view of Rabat, Morocco. (AFP)
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Morocco put an end on Saturday to the rumors that said that it had summoned its ambassadors to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, deeming the claims as “baseless.”

Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita told Russia’s Sputnik news agency that Rabat has “special channels” through which it makes such decisions.

“The claims are untrue and unfounded,” he added. “Moroccan diplomacy can express its stances through its own means, not through an American news agency.”

Observers said that the minister’s statements were a reminder that Moroccan-Saudi-Emirati ties were greater than to be affected by “irresponsible” media speculation.

His remarks have helped set issues back on course and overcome attempts to create strife between the “brotherly” countries, said a diplomatic source.

“Historic” ties between these countries have never experienced any setback, he stressed.

The Associated Press had reported government officials as saying that Rabat had withdrawn from the Saudi-led coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen.

They said that Morocco would no longer take part in its military operations or ministerial meetings.

It also claimed that Rabat had summoned its envoy to Saudi Arabia for consultations.

An informed diplomatic source told Asharq Al-Awsat that Moroccan Ambassador to the UAE Mohamed Ait Ouali had been in Rabat since last weekend to attend to administrative affairs.

His presence in the capital has nothing to do with Moroccan-Emirati ties, he added.

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