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Morocco- UAE : The Emirati ambassador to finally return to Rabat

The United Arabi Emirates (UAE) ambassador to Morocco Ali Salem Al Kaabi. / Ph. DR
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Nearly three months after leaving for Abu Dhabi, the United Arabi Emirates (UAE) ambassador to Morocco Ali Salem Al Kaabi, is reportedly expected to return to Rabat. According to Arabic-language daily Akhbar Al Yaoum, which quotes well-informed sources, the diplomat’s return was discussed during the phone call between King Mohammed VI and Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

The Moroccan sovereign and Zayed Al Nahyan «discussed brotherly relations between the two countries and ways to develop them», the third son of the first President of the United Arab Emirates said on his Twitter account, adding that they addressed «issues of common interest».

The phone call came as relations between the two countries became strained since 2017. Indeed, Morocco’s neutrality during the Qatar diplomatic crisis was not appreciated by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, which cut ties with Doha.

The Libyan crisis was also part of the crisis between Rabat and Abu Dhabi. While Morocco supports Libya’s UN-led Government of National Accord, formed under the terms of the Libyan Political Agreement, the United Arab Emirates backs Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who heads the Libyan National Army.

In February, Moroccan Foreign Affairs Minister Nasser Bourita told Qatari channel Al Jazeera that Morocco suspended participation in Saudi-led war in Yemen. Shortly later, media announced that Morocco’s ambassadors in Saudi Arabia and UAE were recalled, after a report on Western Sahara published by Al Arabiya.

In April, Bourita toured Gulf countries, handing over letters to the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman. The tour excluded the United Arab Emirates.

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