Morocco recalls ambassador from Saudi Arabia

Morocco freezes involvement in Saudi-led coalition in Yemen

The tour came amid worldwide concern about the Yemen war and condemnation of the killing of Saudi national and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Speaking to Russian press agency Sputnik, Bourita stated that the information, reported by American news agency Associated Press, was "unfounded".

The officials did not elaborate, simply saying Morocco was not taking part in any military interventions or ministerial meetings with the coalition. Morocco's government has not divulged details of its military's participation in the coalition, which has been at war in Yemen against Iran-aligned Houthi rebels since 2015.

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.

2018 has seen rising tensions between the two historical allies, with a series of tit-for-tat moves showing the two kingdoms' discontent over each other's diplomatic standing, concurrently with the rise to power of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The tour came amid worldwide concern about the Yemen war and condemnation of the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Embassy in Istanbul.

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One official told the AP that Morocco declined to host MBS citing the Moroccan king's "busy agenda".

The ambassador explained to the daily "le360" the reason for his return to Rabat, adding that "relations between Morocco and Saudi Arabia are stable and historic but divergences are normal from time to time".

Morocco's decision to recall its ambassador comes after Saudi television channel Al Arabiya broadcast a documentary on the Western Sahara conflict hostile to Morocco's territorial integrity.

With logistical support from the United States, the coalition has carried out more than 18,000 raids on Yemen.

The four-year war and the country's economic collapse have unleashed the world's most urgent humanitarian crisis, with 14 million of Yemen's 29 million population facing starvation.

A large territory in southern Morocco, the Western Sahara remains the subject of dispute between Rabat and the Polisario Front, an Algeria-backed movement which for decades has called for regional independence.

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