Egypt, Morocco heal rift, Sisi invites Mohamed VI to visit Cairo
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry - YOUM7

CAIRO: In a two-day visit to Rabat, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shokry met with the Moroccan government, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry stated Friday.

The ties strained over the past few weeks following remarks by Moroccan state-owned channels describing President Sisi as a “coup orchestrator.”  Moroccan state-owned T.V. RTM broadcaster said Jan. 1 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.”

Shokry delivered Moroccan King Mohamed VI a presidential invitation to visit Cairo to attend the scheduled Joint High Committee between Egypt and Morocco.

Shoukry and his Moroccan counterpart Salaheddine Mezouar agreed on activating economic relations; Egypt invited Morocco to participate in the Egyptian Economic summit that will be held on March 13-15 in Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, Abdel Atty noted. Both sides agreed to establish logistic Moroccan projects in the Suez Canal Development Corridor.

Morocco also highlighted its support to Egyptian nomination for non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council for 2016 and 2017. Both sides also tackled the regional issues of mutual concerns.

An anonymous Moroccan official told Anadolu News Agency that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the change of the relations between his country and Egypt could have been caused by alleged Egyptian participation in an early January conference held in Algeria supportive of the Polisario Front, which desires a separate state in Morocco’s Western Sahara. Egypt has denied any participation in such a meeting.

The Algerie Presse Service reported Dec. 14 that Algeria hosted a pro-Polisario symposium under the title of “The Peoples’ right of Resistance…The Desert People’s situation.” without mentioning the attended countries and delegations.


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