The Moroccan official conveyed a message from King Mohammed VI to the Saudi Crown Prince.
According to Maghreb Arab Press, the Moroccan official conveyed a message from King Mohammed VI.
King Mohammed VI’s message “touches on bilateral cooperation and the latest developments on the regional scene,” added MAP.
The meeting of the Moroccan foreign minister and MBS comes after a recent statement from Bourita, who recently said that Morocco’s relations with Saudi Arabia should be based on mutual respect.
The statement was made on the heels of alleged frictions between the two countries over the past two years.
Morocco’s decision to remain neutral on the Gulf crisis was not well received in Riyadh, which was expecting Rabat to support the blockade against Qatar.
Though on the surface the relations between the two countries did not suffer any major change, tension between Rabat and Riyadh had been simmering ever since. The first sign of that silent tension was Saudi Arabia’s decision to turn its back on Morocco and support the US-led 2026 World Cup bid.
The last hostile move was from a pro-government television channel, which aired a pro-Polisario documentary against Morocco’s territorial integrity.
Following the broadcast, media reports said that Morocco had summoned its ambassadors from Saudi Arabia. Bourita denied the news, and emphasized the strength of the Moroccan-Saudi diplomatic ties.
In March, however, Bourita’s appeared to be retracting his previous statement when when asked about the alleged friction between Rabat and Riyadh.
In a press conference held in Rabat during the visit of King Abdullah II of Jordan, Bourita said that cooperation with Saudi Arabia and the UAE will be based on reciprocity and mutual respect.
“It may happen that we do not agree on certain issues. Foreign policy is a matter of sovereignty, and in Morocco, it is also based on principles and constants,” said Bourita.
He added that diplomatic ties should be a “concern on both sides, and if not, it would be normal for all alternatives to be examined.”
It remains to be seen whether this meeting will pave the way towards easing tension between the two long-standing allies and bring them back to normal.