Morocco severs ties with Iran over support for West Sahara Polisario front-official

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RABAT: Morocco will sever ties with Iran over Tehran’s support for the Western Sahara independence Polisario front, the Moroccan foreign minister said on Tuesday.

Morocco will close its embassy in Tehran and will expel the Iranian ambassador in Rabat, Nasser Bourita told reporters. Al Arabiya News channel reported that Morocco is severing ties with Iran as the Lebanese militia Hezbollah have been training polisario militants. Morocco stated that Iran’s Lebanese ally Hezbollah has been involved in the delivery of weapons from Iran to the Polisario Front, Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said Tuesday.

He told reporters that “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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