Morocco offers to mediate Gulf diplomatic crisis

Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita.

Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said the country is ready to mediate the ongoing diplomatic crisis between Gulf countries.

“If the parties wish, the Kingdom of Morocco is ready to offer its good offices with a view to fostering a frank and comprehensive dialogue on the basis of non-interference in internal affairs, the fight against religious extremism, clarity in positions and loyalty in commitments,” the ministry said in a statement.

Since the outbreak of the crisis, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has maintained close and permanent contact with the parties concerned, the ministry said.

“Due to the strong personal ties of sincere fraternity and mutual consideration between King Mohammed VI and his brotherly kings and emirs of the Gulf countries, and taking into account the genuine strategic partnership with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, Morocco has avoided public and hasty statements which only deepen discord,” it added.

The king has called on all parties to show restraint and act wisely to reduce tension to finally address the causes of the crisis, in accordance with the spirit which has always prevailed within the GCC, the statement noted.


Zainab Sa’id