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Newsline: Morocco withdraws ambassador from UAE

Rabat has withdrawn its ambassador and consulates in the UAE, due to the Emirati authorities’ reluctance for a whole year to appoint an ambassador in Rabat to fill the vacancy. Local websites, including Maghreb Intelligence and Rue20, said that “an unprecedented diplomatic crisis has erupted between Morocco and the UAE, as Morocco has withdrawn, since last week, its ambassador to Abu Dhabi, Mohamed Ait Ali, who has been in office for more than nine years. Thus, the Moroccan consulates in Dubai and Abu Dhabi were also summoned. ” According to the same sources, “Rabat has also emptied its embassy (in Abu Dhabi) by summoning all the consultants and Chargé d’Affaires, which greatly reduced its diplomatic representation in the UAE.” (https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200312-morocco-withdraws-ambassador-from-abu-dhabi/) Media reports attributed the reason for this development, quoting an unnamed Moroccan official, to the position of the UAE’s failure to appoint an ambassador to Morocco for about a year.

Newsline: Morocco’s embassy in Pakistan rejects allegations on «abusing diplomatic immunity»

After it was accused of having allegedly «abused immunity», the Moroccan embassy in Islamabad issued a communiqué, refuting the allegations. «The Embassy categorically denies information», suggesting that it would have imported «26 tons of merchandise», the press release stressed. The diplomatic mission also rejected reports, saying that «the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would not have authorized the import of this cargo and that it can, upon gathering the necessary data, investigate the matter». «Duty-free imports require contacting the Protocol Department of the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan», which did not happen, according to the Moroccan embassy. «We have formally contacted the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs to clarify this and put an end to these allegations», the same source added. (https://en.yabiladi.com/articles/details/82637/morocco-s-embassy-pakistan-rejects-allegations.html) Pikistan Today reported that the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Pakistani Customs Administration, is seeking information on a significant number of tax-exempt items that the Moroccan embassy in the country has purchased. The newspaper said that the Moroccan embassy in Islamabad would have said it had not ordered nor imported such a cargo, while claiming to follow the case since the Kingdom’s ambassador himself would have demanded an investigation.

Newsline: Canberra Moroccan embassy employee claims underpayment

The Moroccan embassy is locked in a dispute with an employee who claims to have been underpaid and overworked while in Canberra. Khalid Nassih said he was not paid in the the first six months he worked for the embassy, was forced to sleep in a laundry at the embassy residence, and regularly worked excessively long shifts. Mr Nassih said the embassy threatened to revoke his visa after his Australian-born wife challenged it to repay money owed to her husband. (https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6063130/moroccan-embassy-staffer-claims-he-has-been-underpaid-overworked/?src=rss) The embassy rejected the allegations in a statement to The Canberra Times. However, embassy employees have since met with Mr Nassih’s wife, and agreed to increase his pay, cover some recent medical expenses and specify working hours as part of a new employment contract.

Newsline: Morocco pulls out of Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, recalls ambassador to Riyadh

Move comes after a year of slow diplomatic breakdown concurrent with rise to power of Saudi crown prince. Morocco’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia has been told to remain in home capital Rabat for ‘consultations.’ Mustapha Mansouri was told by his superiors that he should not go back to Riyadh following a week-long visit back home, a move that is seen by observers as a way to express the North African kingdom’s dissatisfaction with the Saudi regime. Moroccan officials also confirmed the country was pulling its troops out of a Saudi-led coalition supporting Yemen’s government in a civil war that has become a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, throwing the country into the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. The decision seemed to have been sparked by the broadcast last week of a documentary doubting Morocco’s claims over the disputed Western Sahara region on the Saudi government-owned Al Arabiya. The documentary came just a month after Morocco’s foreign minister Nasser Bourita expressed concerns over the humanitarian situation in Yemen in an interview with Qatari channel Al Jazeera.

https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/middle-east/194986-190210-morocco-pulls-out-of-saudi-led-coalition-in-yemen-recalls-ambassador-to-riyadh

Newsline: Ireland to Open Embassy in Rabat for the First Time

Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Simon Coveney announced that his country will open a new embassy in Rabat to develop trade and business opportunities between Morocco and Ireland. “Ireland is so far one of the few European Union member states without presence in North Africa…a new embassy in Rabat will allow us to develop trading opportunities, especially in the fields of agri-food, agricultural machinery and renewable energy,” Coveney said in a statement to Moroccan state owned press, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). The decision comes in line with the Global Ireland 2025 strategy to strengthen Ireland’s presence globally. The country plans to open other embassies and consulates in Cardiff, Wales; Frankfurt, Germany; Los Angeles, US; and Kiev, Ukraine, starting from 2019.

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2018/06/248441/ireland-embassy-rabat-first/

Newsline: Algeria summons Moroccan ambassador

Algeria summoned the Moroccan ambassador late Wednesday to protest accusations that Algiers had helped facilitate alleged Iranian support for the separatist Polisario Front. Speaking to Algeria’s official news agency APS, Algerian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Abdulaziz bin Ali al-Sharif said Moroccan ambassador Hasan Abdulhalik was summoned to the Foreign Ministry. Sharif said the ambassador was informed that the Algerian government completely rejects “untrue statements” made Tuesday by Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita which were indirectly attributed to Algeria. Earlier Wednesday, Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported that Iran’s embassy in Algiers had dismissed the suggestion that it had “any relations” with the Polisario Front, which demands independence for Morocco’s Western Sahara region.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180503-algeria-summons-moroccan-ambassador/

Newsline: Burglars break into Moroccan ambassador’s home, flee in his car in Athens

Police in Athens were on Monday seeking the intruders who broke into the home of the Moroccan ambassador to Greece in Palaio Psychico in the early hours of the morning. The perpetrators, who have not been identified, stole cash and valuables from the house before fleeing in the ambassador’s diplomatic car which had been parked outside. It was unclear if anyone had been in the property at the time of the breakin.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/222470/article/ekathimerini/news/burglars-break-into-moroccan-ambassadors-home-flee-in-his-car

Newsline: Algeria summons Moroccan ambassador in row over Syrian refugees

Algerian Foreign Ministry summoned Morocco’s ambassador here on Sunday in protest of Morocco’s accusations that Algeria expelled Syrian refugees into Morocco. “Following serious accusations by Moroccan authorities that blame Algeria for forcing Syrian refugees to illegally enter Moroccan territories from the two countries’ shared border, Algeria has expressed to the Ambassador of Morocco its categorical rejection for these false allegations,” a ministry statement said. Earlier on Sunday, Moroccan media reported that 55 Syrian refugees from Algeria were left helpless near the country’s borders with Algeria, noting that Moroccan authorities prevented them from entering the country and accused its western neighbor of forcing them into Morocco.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-04/24/c_136230389.htm

Newsline: Arrest Made in Connection with Murder of Moroccan Diplomat in South Africa

Following ambiguous circumstances surrounding the recent assassination of Fatmi Noureddine, an officer in charge of consular affairs at the Moroccan Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, the Pretorian police arrested a man in connection with the murder last week of the Moroccan diplomat. According to the South African website Timeslive, the police arrested a Zimbabwean at his Monument Park home, close to the murder scene. The Moroccan diplomat was found lying in a pool of blood at his Pretoria home on Tuesday. “The suspect was found with a watch, a camera and a cellphone and other items linking him to the murder,”according to Timeslive. In his possession also were “passports of at least 30 people, as well as several photographs, and passport and visa applications.”

http://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2014/10/141522/arrest-made-in-connection-with-murder-of-moroccan-diplomat-in-south-africa/

Newsline: Theft suspected motive behind Moroccan diplomat’s murder in South Africa

Theft is suspected to be the motive in the death of a Moroccan diplomat whose body was found in a pool of blood at his guesthouse in Pretoria. Colleagues at the Moroccan embassy say they investigated after the normally punctual Fatmi Noureddine failed to arrive for work. Noureddine’s body was found in a pool of blood at his guesthouse on Tuesday. Officials say an autopsy is currently underway to determine the cause of his death. A cellphone is missing from his room but Moroccan diplomats say they don’t know if Noureddine was in possession of a large sum of money. Morocco hasn’t had an ambassador in South Africa for a decade. It withdrew its chief representative in protest against Pretoria establishing diplomatic relations with the Western Sahara that Morocco has occupied in defiance of the international community since 1975. Earlier this year, Rwanda’s former head of external intelligence Patrick Karegeya was found murdered in his hotel room in Sandton.

http://ewn.co.za/2014/10/08/Cops-probe-Moroccan-diplomat-murder