Rabat – Iran has denied Morocco’s accusations that it has been attempting to expand its influence in North and West Africa.
In a recent interview with Breitbart News, Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita denounced Iran’s alleged attempts to expand its presence in Africa.
In response, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi criticized the American media outlet, describing it as “one of the most extremist and racist neoconservative” outlets.
He added that Bourita’s “claims … are more consistent with the current anti-African rule of the White House than a realistic view to issues in Africa.”
Quoted by Press TV, the spokesperson said that his country has mutual respect for African countries.
The official said that Morocco “makes hasty claims” rather than taking care of the “long-term interests of Morocco and its people in foreign relations.”
Qassemi also echoed the claims Iranian proxy Hezbollah made that Morocco’s decision was made under the pressure of third parties.
Morocco severed diplomatic ties with Iran on May 1, accusing the country of supporting the separatist movement of the Polisario Front through its Lebanese ally, Hezbollah.
Both Iran and Hezbollah denied the accusation, claiming that Morocco is under pressure from the US and Saudi Arabia.
In his recent statement, Iran’s spokesperson said that Morocco severed ties with Iran “two times in one decade,” referring to the first time when Morocco cut ties with Iran in 2009.
According to Qassemi, the move shows that Morocco has “no stability in its foreign relations.”
Moroccan authorities have said they believe that Iran has long-term plans to destabilize North and West Africa.
“They tried to develop a presence in Morocco. Today they are repeating the efforts in other North African countries. They attracted some of our youth by giving them scholarships,” Bourita told the US media last Wednesday.