Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi
This news bulletin from Iranian state TV reports on the decision by the Moroccan government to cut ties with Iran over the Iranian regime’s backing of the Polisario Front, a Western Sahara independence movement, whose cause many believe Iran is exploiting in an effort to undermine and gain influence in the north African state.
The newsreader introduces the report, saying, “Morocco is seeking a pretext to cut its ties with Iran. After Morocco announced that it is cutting ties with our country due to what it claimed is a relationship between the Iranian Embassy in Algeria and the Polisario Front, the spokesman for foreign affairs rejected the claim, stressing that one of the most important basic principles of Iranian foreign policy is, was and will be in its relations with other states and countries of the world, and in [Iran’s] deep respect for their sovereignty and security and in the non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries.
One of the officials of the Polisario Front dismissed the Moroccan government’s allegations against Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah party, describing the claims of the Moroccan government as simply a lie. But Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have welcomed the Moroccan decision to cut diplomatic ties with Iran over the Moroccan government’s claims of Iran’s support for the Polisario Front.”