Rabat: Morocco recalled its ambassador to Saudi Arabia amidst sparking diplomatic crisis between the two countries.
The recall was due to the airing by Saudi TV channel Al Arabiya of a documentary that diverged from the Moroccan position on the Western Sahara issue, the Ambassador Mustapha Mansouri told Le360.
The local Saudi TV channel Al Arabiya aired a documentary on Western Sahara questioning the territorial integrity of Morocco for an area of the desert contested for over 40 years.
According to analysts, the Al Arabiya documentary comes after Qatari TV channel Al Jazeera last month aired an interview with Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita who expressed concern over the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
Morocco has also withdrawn from the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemen civil war after Several UN reports accused Saudi Arabia of committing what amounts to war crimes against the Yemeni people.
Saudi Arabia along with the United Arab Emirates did not vote for Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid after the north African kingdom took a neutral stand in a dispute between Qatar and a number of Gulf states who have severed relations with Doha.
The Saudi crown prince was not received in Morocco last year while on a North African tour. Bourita, the foreign minister, said the visit did not take place due to what he described as a time conflict.
Morocco did not voice support for Saudi Arabia in the wake of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents at a Saudi consulate in Istanbul last year, an incident that damaged Riyadh’s reputation internationally.