King Salman of Saudi Arabia received copies of the credentials of the Moroccan Ambassador to Riyadh, Mustapha Mansouri, on Sunday.
Rabat – The credential presentation ceremony took place during a meeting chaired by the Saudi monarch; several new African, Arab, Asian and European ambassadors officially took office as their countries’ representatives in Saudi Arabia.
The Moroccan ambassador told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) that this meeting was an opportunity to convey the greetings of King Mohammed VI to King Salman.
The diplomat also communicated his determination to work for the strengthening of relations between the two countries in accordance with the royal vision to consolidate the links of Morocco with sister countries. King Salman also expressed regard for King Mohammed VI, promising Riyadh’s determination to facilitate Mansouri’s mission.
”The meeting was held in a fraternal atmosphere that reflects the nature of the relationship between the two brother countries,” said Mansouri.
On November 18, the newly appointed Saudi ambassador to Morocco, Abdullah Al-Ghariri, was also sworn before King Salman in Riyadh to take his office in Morocco. Al-Ghariri replaces Abdelaziz Mohieddine, who took office in 2016.
Despite promises to further consolidate diplomatic ties, Moroccan-Saudi relations have been tense since Morocco’s decision to stay neutral on the Gulf crisis between the Saudi-led coalition and Qatar.
International analysts also questioned whether the decision of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to not include Morocco in his world tour was due to the cold diplomatic ties between the two countries.