May 3, 2018
- Morocco on Tuesday announced that it was severing ties with Iran after finding that Tehran was arming and training Polisario separatists via Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia
- In addition to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain have also expressed their support to Morocco
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Morocco’s King Mohammed VI spoke on Thursday to emphasize the need to unite their positions and coordinate efforts to counter the aggressive tendency of the Iranian regime.
King Salman called the Moroccan king and confirmed that Saudi Arabia stands with Morocco “against what could jeopardize its security, stability and territorial integrity,” the Saudi Press Agency said.
“The two leaders underscored the importance of unifying their positions and coordinating the efforts to confront the aggressive tendency of the Iranian regime, its intervention as well as that of its agents in the affairs of Arab countries and its policies aiming at destabilizing the security of the Arab world,” said the report.
Morocco on Tuesday said it was cutting ties with Iran over Tehran’s support for the Polisario front, which is seeking independence from Rabat.
Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said Morocco will close its embassy in Tehran and will expel the Iranian ambassador in Rabat after finding out that the Iran-backed Lebanese militia Hezbollah have been training Polisario militants.
Morrocco also accused the Algerian government of being complicit with Polisario militants and Hezbollah.
Bourita had said that “a first shipment of weapons was recently” sent to the Polisario Front via an “element” at the Iranian embassy in Algiers.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain have expressed their support to Morocco’s move to sever its ties with Iran, whom the Gulf allies have accused of causing chaos and instability in the region by arming militias such as the Houthis in Yemen and Shiite militias in Iraq.
Iranian agents have also been accused of inciting Shiites in Kuwait and Bahrain into committing acts of sedition.