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Official: Saudi Arabia asked Morocco to cut ties with Iran

May 8, 2018 at 10:55 am

Morocco [YoTuT/Flickr]

An Iranian foreign ministry official said yesterday that Morocco’s decision to severe relations with Tehran came at the request of Saudi Arabia.

“What Morocco has done is not strategic. This is not the first time Morocco acts with Iran like that,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasimi said.

“Of course, Morocco’s action came at the request of Saudi,” he added.

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Earlier this month, Morocco announced that it is to cut diplomatic ties with Iran over its support for the Polisario Front, a political-military group at the head of the Western Sahara independence movement.

The government in Rabat accused Tehran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah of funding, training and arming fighters from the Polisario movement. Hezbollah has denied the allegations and criticised Morocco for bowing to what it sees as US, Israeli and Saudi Arabian pressure.

The on-going tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

The on-going tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]