Morocco summons ambassador to Saudi Arabia over Western Sahara issue

  • Morocco summons ambassador to Saudi Arabia over Western Sahara issue

Morocco summons ambassador to Saudi Arabia over Western Sahara issue

Al Qaeda no longer held any territory in Yemen as a result of these and other operations with USA support, Col Al Malki said, and the coalition would continue to counter AQAP and work with worldwide partners to do so.

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

In a closely related development, however, Moroccan media reported Thursday evening that Rabat had made a decision to withdraw from a Saudi-led military coalition drawn up in 2015 to fight the Houthi rebel group in Yemen. CNN reported the weapons made their way into the hands of Iranian-backed rebels, exposing some of sensitive American military technology to Iran and potentially endangering the lives of United States troops.

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.

Tension in Moroccan-Saudi relations has been silently brewing since the rise to power of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the Gulf kingdom's de facto ruler, political analysts in Morocco say.

The tour came amid global concern about the Yemen war and condemnation of the killing of Saudi national and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Mansouri also said he was summoned after the airing of a documentary on Western Sahara by the Saudi channel Al Arabia.

Weddings, funerals, schools and hospitals, as well as water and electricity plants, have been targeted, killing and wounding thousands.

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 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.

Yemen's four-year war and ensuing economic collapse have unleashed the world's most urgent humanitarian crisis with 14 million of its 29 million population staring at starvation.

According to recent estimates, as many as 85,000 children may have died from hunger since the coalition's intervention.