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Iran’s Meddling Won’t Stop: Bourita

Iran’s Meddling Won’t Stop: Bourita
Morocco's Foreign Affairs Minister Nasser Bourita

Rabat – Morocco’s Foreign Affairs Minister Nasser Bourita has once again warned the world of the threat Iran and its proxy Hezbollah pose to the security of states. In a recent interview with Fox News, Bourita said Iran’s interference in nations’ domestic affairs “is unlikely to stop.”

In his discussion with the US-based news outlet Fox News, Bourita denounced Iran’s meddling strategy in nations’ internal affairs.

“I think it is clear that the interference of Iran in the internal affairs of the Arab and Muslim countries won’t stop in (the) Middle-East and in the Gulf countries,” Bourita said.

He added that Iran is “disturbed” by Morocco’s “soft power” and “good relations” with the US and European countries.

Bourita explained that Morocco’s relationship with Iran changed after the North African country arrested top Hezbollah financier Kassim Tajideen in 2017. Hezbollah “threatened Morocco to release him. We gave him to the United States and from that date there was a change.”

Bourita said that the change “threatens our own security.”

The Moroccan official also recalled the latest updates in the recent tension between Morocco and Iran. On May 1, Morocco cut diplomatic ties with Iran and accused its ally of delivering military equipment to and training the members of the Polisario Front in the Tindouf camps, Algeria.

Bourita said that in the last month, the situation reached its peak “which is providing military equipment.” Bourita also mentioned the file of proof of Hezbollah-Polisario collusion that he gave Tehran.

The file includes details and “proven and precise facts: dates of visits by senior officers of Hezbollah in Algeria, dates and venues of meetings with Polisario officials and a list of names of agents involved in these contacts,” Bourita said in a previous interview with Jeune Afrique.

According to Fox News, Bourita “seemed to confirm” that the Iranian embassy in Algeria “was used to fund” the Algerian-backed Polisario, recalling the actions of the embassy’s cultural attaché Amir Moussawi.

“[It’s] our understanding that he’s more powerful than the ambassador himself and his connection(s) are the strategic advisors to the Supreme Guide to the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

While denying Morocco’s accusations, Iran claimed that the North African country made its decision due to pressure from other countries, including the US and Saudi Arabia.

Morocco denied the claims, with Bourita emphasizing once again that Morocco’s decision to cut ties with Iran was “based on our own assessments,(our) own intelligence and with regard to our national security. So it was purely a bilateral decision.”

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