Morocco recalls ambassador from Saudi Arabia

In Unprecedented Move Morocco Recalls its Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Morocco refused to join the blockade against Qatar and sent humanitarian shipment to the blockaded country, but stressed on the quality of its longstanding ties with Saudi Arabia and the UAE and other Gulf states.

Morocco recalled its ambassador to Saudi Arabia for consultations after the report aired, according to another Moroccan government official.

In a closely related development, Moroccan media reported Thursday evening that Rabat no longer takes part in military interventions or ministerial meetings in the Saudi-led coalition.

Both government officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the diplomatic tensions.

Meanwhile, the Coalition has viewed with concern media reports alleging the transfer of U.S. military weapons to the Iranian backed Houthi militias and AQAP in Yemen.

The documentary came just a month after Morocco's foreign minister Nasser Bourita expressed concerns over the humanitarian situation in Yemen in an interview with Qatari channel Al Jazeera.

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The well-informed news website quoted Morocco's ambassador to Riyadh Mustafa Mansouri confirming news relayed by the AP news agency which quoted an anonymous source.

Morocco did not voice support for Saudi Arabia in the wake of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents at a Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October and the Saudi crown prince was not received in Morocco past year while on a North African tour.

With logistical support from the United States, the coalition has carried out more than 18,000 raids on Yemen.

Broadcast by Al Arabiya, the documentary on Western Sahara questions the territorial integrity of Morocco for an area of the desert contested for over 40 years. The war has killed thousands and displaced over 3 million people.

A large territory in southern Morocco, the Western Sahara remains the subject of dispute between Rabat and the Polisario Front, an Algeria-backed movement which for decades has called for regional independence.

When Bourita was asked why King Mohammed VI did not host Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman on a recent tour of other Arab countries, Bourita said: "Official visits are prepared in advance, according to protocol".

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