MBS Meets Morocco's Minister of Foreign Affairs

Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud, MBS, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, received on Tuesday in Riyadh the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, who handed him a message from His Majesty King Mohammed VI. The Royal Message focuses on cooperation between the two Kingdoms and the latest developments on the regional scene.

This visit comes just hours after a visit by the head of Moroccan diplomacy in Kuwait. On the occasion of this visit, marked by the holding of a meeting of the joint commission Morocco-Kuwait, the emirate of the Gulf had reiterated its support for the territorial integrity of the Kingdom.

On the latest developments on the regional scene, the two countries called on all Libyan parties to show restraint and avoid the logic of violence. Diplomats from Morocco and Kuwait have also called on crucial players in Libya to respect the Skhirat agreement. As a reminder, fierce fighting is raging in Tripoli between forces loyal to the Government of National Unity led by Fayez al-Sarraj and the troops of Marshal Haftar.

Officially, the latest exchange between Moroccan and Saudi officials dates back to a conversation on March 20th when King Salman of Saudi Arabia called on King Mohammed VI to strengthen ties between the two countries. A discussion that was reported by the official Saudi Press Agency, SPA, and not by the Moroccan Press Agency, MAP.

A few weeks later, Nasser Bourita spoke about relations between Rabat and Riyadh at a press conference held on March 28th. The minister said first that for the Kingdom of Morocco, relations with the Gulf countries, especially Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have always been deep historical relations. Morocco has always wanted to preserve and strengthen them.

Bourita recalled that “it may happen that we do not agree on certain issues since foreign policy is a matter of sovereignty. In Morocco, it is also a matter of principles and fundamental beliefs “. The minister also called for a “two-way” and not “à la carte” coordination, saying that “it must cover all the important issues in the Middle East and North Africa, like the Libyan crisis.”

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