Egypt, Morocco ties strain over Polisario
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi - YOUM7/Essam Elshamy

CAIRO: Egyptian-Moroccan relations strained over the past few days following remarks by Moroccan state-owned channels describing President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi as a“coup orchestrator,” after Egypt attended an international conference in support of the Polisario Front.

A Moroccan state-owned T.V. RTM broadcaster said Thursday that “Egypt has lived, since the military coup that was orchestrated by the Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in 2013, off the chaos and breakdown of security.”

The channel said that the coup depended on a number of powers and institutions to impose it on the ground, and aired a 3-minute report called “Monitoring the Military Coup in Egypt.”

However, Moroccan ambassador to Cairo Saad al-Elmy told the Moroccan al-Yaoum 24 what had been broadcast on the State-owned T.V. channels was orchestrated by an “unknown person” to “slander the relations between both countries.”

Moroccan monarch Mohamed VI congratulated Sisi on his election to the presidency June 3, five days before Sisi’s inauguration, MENA reported.

Russia Today (RT) reported that anonymous Moroccan officials in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the change of the relations between his country and Egypt could have been caused when an Egyptian delegation attended last week an International conference to support the Polisario Front, which desires a separate state in Morocco’s Western Sahara.

Al-Yaoum 24 said that the Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will soon visit Rabat over the strained relations. However, the Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty told The Cairo Post Saturday that there is no scheduled visit up to now.

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