Saudi-Morocco diplomatic tensions deepen

Morocco freezes involvement in Saudi-led coalition in Yemen

Morocco suspends participation in Saudi-led war in Yemen

Tensions have been mounting between Morocco and Saudi Arabia amid global concerns about the Yemen war and other issues.

Speaking to Russian press agency Sputnik, Bourita stated that the information, reported by American news agency Associated Press, was "unfounded".

The Saudi-led Arab Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen has viewed with concern, media reports alleging the transfer of U.S. military weapons to the Iranian-backed Houthi militia and AQAP in Yemen.

Morocco, which at first took part in the Arab coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen, has also reviewed its participation in the coalition and raises the pressing need for an urgent intervention to end the humanitarian crisis in the conflict-stricken Arab country.

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.

In an interview with Al Jazeera last month, Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita attributed Rabat's decision to "developments on the ground" in Yemen, "especially in regards to the humanitarian situation".

Rabat had already scaled down its participation in coalition activities in May of 2015 after a Moroccan F-16 was reportedly shot down by the Houthis.

In his tour to Maghreb region in November, Mohammed Bin Salman did not visit Morocco, while local media said it was Morocco that cancelled the Saudi crown prince's visit citing "agenda".

Rabat also stayed notably silent in the Jamal Khashoggi killing, while the Saudi royal family cancelled their annual holiday plans to Morocco past year.

Morocco's ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Mustapha Mansouri, did not respond Thursday to requests for comment.

After Bourita's interview, Saudi television channel Al Arabiya aired a documentary on the disputed Western Sahara, supporting claims that Morocco invaded it after Spanish colonisers left in 1975. The narrative was one-sided in Polisario's favor as the channel did not even include Morocco's position nor its autonomy initiative to settle the artificial dispute nor did it mention the hegemonic ambitions of Algeria in perpetuating the regional dispute. The war has killed thousands and displaced over 3 million people.

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