Morocco has not made any official statement regarding Saudi Arabia’s call to hold urgent GCC, Arab League meetings on May 30.
Morocco has not officially commented on Saudi Arabia’s call, but an anonymous government source told Le360 that Morocco supports the Saudi move.
“Morocco is well known for its experience in mediation,” the source said. “It will spare no effort to defend the Arab, Palestinian, and Muslim cause.”
The unnamed government source also emphasized that Morocco might take part in the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which will take place on June 1 in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
On Saturday, May 18, Saudi Arabia called for summits of the Arab League and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) following the sabotage of vessels in the Gulf and attacks on pumping stations in the kingdom by Houthi drones. Saudi Arabia has blamed Iran for the attacks.
The news outlet did not, however, provide details about Morocco’s alleged move, saying “it has not been possible to know more about Morocco’s participation in both the Arab summit and in the OIC summit.”
In the last few months, there have been many reports about the alleged friction between Morocco and Saudi Arabia.
Morocco recalled its ambassadors from both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi in February . As the move came after Saudi medias made hostile comments on Moroccan interests, especially Morocco’s Western Sahara position, there were suggestions that Morocco’s decision was in response to its two Gulf countries’ shaky commitment to fundamental Moroccan interests.
With an overt challenge on Morocco’s territorial integrity, observers emphasized, the diplomatic relations between Morocco and its two Gulf neighbors signalled the end of an era, moving from strong and brotherly ties to being on the brink of total collapse.
Morocco denied the rumors, however, emphasizing that its diplomatic ties with the UAE and Saudi Arabia are strong and historic.
Rabat did not exactly there were disagreements with its Saudi ally. Instead, it sought to take a measured stance on the friction, underlining that disagreements are part of foreign affairs and can reversed through renewed commitment to reciprocity. Morocco insisted, however, that there relations with allies should be governed by constant principles and red lines.
Most recently, in April, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Bourita, visited Saudi Arabia during his Gulf tour to convey a message from King Mohammed VI.
Upon meeting both King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), Bourita renewed Morocco’s commitment to regional peace and security. He said that Morocco’s actions in the region have always been motivated by the eagerness to preserve shared interests by maintaining regional stability and solidarity.
Morocco’s support for the Arab League meetings would be a show of solidarity with Saudi Arabia and would firmly banish rumors of discord between the two nations.