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Algeria: Moroccan ambassador summoned, accusations rejected




(MENAFN) On Wednesday, Algerian Foreign Ministry summoned Moroccan ambassador to Algiers over Morocco's accusations that Algeria supports the separatist Polisario Front in Western Sahara.

"Algeria rejects these totally unfounded remarks, made by the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, on the occasion of the announcement of severing diplomatic relations between his country and Iran," Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdelaziz Benali Cherif was quoted as saying by APS news agency.

Morocco on Tuesday cut diplomatic ties with Iran, accusing the Islamic republic of using its ally Hizbullah to deliver weapons to the Polisario Front.

Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said the decision had nothing to do with "current regional or international developments", referring to rising tensions between Saudi Arabia and its allies on one side and Shiite Iran its camp on the other.

At a press conference in Rabat, Bourita said "a first shipment of weapons was recently" sent to the Algerian-backed Polisario Front, which is seeking independence, via an "element" at the Iranian embassy in Algiers.

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Algeria: Moroccan ambassador summoned, accusations rejected

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