Moroccan King Holds Talks with Emir of Qatar in Doha

King Mohammed VI of Morocco held talks with Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani, shortly after he arrived in Doha Sunday, coming from the United Arab Emirates.

The two heads of state held tête-à-tête talks before they chaired a meeting attended by the members of the delegation accompanying the Moroccan Monarch, including Royal advisor Fouad Ali El Himma, Foreign Affairs Minister Nasser Bourita, Director General of Studies and Documentation Department (DGED), Mohamed Yassine Mansouri, and several senior Qatari officials.

The excellent relations between the two brotherly countries and the shared will of the two Heads of State to consolidate further bilateral cooperation in various fields were at the center of talks.
The King of Morocco and the Emir of Qatar also discussed regional and international issues of common concern.

During his five-day friendship and work visit to the United Arab Emirates, King Mohammed VI attended on Wednesday the official inauguration of the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum and held a meeting Saturday with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The two leaders discussed the latest regional developments and international issues of mutual concern, as well as the brotherly and excellent ties binding the two countries and ways to strengthen further their multi-faceted strategic partnership.

The royal visit is taking place at a time Qatar is in a standoff with its Gulf neighbors, namely the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, plus Egypt.

Since the outbreak of the crisis last June, when the four countries severed their relations with Qatar over its alleged support of terrorism and sidelining with Iran, King Mohammed VI maintained close and continuous contact with the different parties and Morocco offered his mediation to defuse the crisis.

A statement released then by the Moroccan foreign Ministry had pointed out that King Mohammed VI called on all parties to show restraint and wisdom in order to defuse tension and overcome the crisis with a view to “finding a lasting settlement to the causes that have led to the current situation in line with the spirit that has always characterized the GCC”.

Morocco, which remains closely linked to Gulf countries in all fields despite geographic distance, is very concerned with this crisis although it is not directly involved in it,” the statement had said, noting that the North African Kingdom has adopted a constructive neutrality “which does not confine it to a passive observation of a disturbing escalation between brotherly countries.”

Many analysts saw in this visit a potential to defuse the Gulf crisis, given the close ties binding Morocco and the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

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