Morocco Renews Iran Ties—With Saudi Arabia’s Permission

King Mohammed VI of Morocco at the opening of a solar plant, Ouarzazate, Morocco, Feb. 4, 2016 (AP photo by Abdeljalil Bounhar).
King Mohammed VI of Morocco at the opening of a solar plant, Ouarzazate, Morocco, Feb. 4, 2016 (AP photo by Abdeljalil Bounhar).
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Diplomatic ties between Iran and Morocco were fully restored earlier this month when Morocco’s ambassador to Iran presented his credentials to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Morocco’s appointment of an ambassador to Iran represents a new era in bilateral relations after Rabat severed ties in 2009 over what it called Tehran’s interference in Morocco’s internal affairs. In an email interview, Ann Wainscott, an assistant professor at St. Louis University, discusses Morocco’s ties with Iran. WPR: Why did Iran and Morocco decide to restore ties, and what areas of potential cooperation are on the agenda? Ann Wainscott: Morocco and Iran officially resumed […]

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