In the cable, the King expressed his sincere congratulations and best wishes for health and tranquility, and further progress and prosperity to the brotherly Qatari people.
The monarch lauded the privileged links of fruitful cooperation and active solidarity that unite Morocco and Qatar. He reiterated his firm determination to continue joint action with the Emir of Qatar to strengthen these relations and expand their fields, serving the interests of the two fraternal peoples.
Hamad Al-Thani, the fourth son of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, succeeded his father June 25, 2013. His father appointed Sheikh Tamim as heir apparent in August 2003, after his older son Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al-Thani renounced his rights to the throne in favor of Sheikh Tamim.
Morocco and Qatar have been reiterating their determination to further develop and reinforce their bilateral ties continuously. In June 2017, Morocco announced its decision to maintain neutrality in the Gulf crisis launched by the Saudi-led coalition against Qatar due to claims that the Qatari state financed terrorist groups.
King Mohammed VI was the first leader to visit Qatar in November 2017 after the Saudi blockade was implemented, prompting the Qatari media to describe him as the “blockade breaker.”
Qatari people and media have praised Morocco’s neutrality. However, Saudi Arabia took Morocco’s decision as an offense, pushing it to make political decisions against Morocco. Recently, Saudi Arabia financed a campaign against Morocco’s 2026 World Cup hosting bid to lose its chances to be the second African nation to host the World Cup.
On June 5, Hamad Al-Thani published documents approving the draft conventions signed between the two countries on various collaborations.
Morocco and Qatar have maintained diplomatic ties since 1972 in different areas in the interest of serving both countries and peoples.
The draft conventions, signed in Marrakech in 2013, cover taxation prevention, industry, and three memorandums of understanding on the mutual recognition of diplomats.
Qatar and Morocco also held a joint cooperation mission last March, with both countries signing 11 agreements, MoUs, and action programs covering diverse topics.