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Friday 15 February 2019

Media Reports on Presence in Morocco of the Kingdom’s Ambassadors to Saudi Arabia and UAE are ‘Inaccurate’, FM Says

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Media Reports on Presence in Morocco of the Kingdom’s Ambassadors to Saudi Arabia and UAE are ‘Inaccurate’, FM Says

Media reports on the presence last week in Morocco of the Kingdom’s ambassadors to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are “inaccurate”, minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, said Thursday in Rabat.

Speaking at a joint press briefing with Spanish minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation, Josep Borrell, the Moroccan minister said that media reports on this matter "have no connection with diplomatic traditions, nor with the Moroccan diplomatic practices ".

According to these traditions, the recall of the ambassadors takes place for specific and clear reasons, he said, adding that in the Moroccan diplomatic practices "when an ambassador is recalled, a statement is issued on the matter and clarifications are provided to explain the decision".

Moreover, such a decision is sent to the concerned country, he said.

The two ambassadors were indeed in Morocco to take part in meetings but returned to their posts earlier this week, Bourita said.

"Relations between Morocco and the Gulf countries, especially Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, are strong, historical and secular," he pointed out.

The region is undergoing significant changes, which has led Morocco to hold meetings to learn about the situation, adapt to it and get prepared, especially that it is a region with which Morocco does not maintain ordinary relations, he noted.

It is quite natural for the two ambassadors to take part in these meetings which were aimed at examining these changes and the extent of their impact on Morocco's positions with regard to this region and on its alliances with its countries, Bourita explained.

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