Morocco's spat with Saudi Arabia has been on the cards for a long time, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman can't afford for Rabat to distance itself from the Saudi kingdom.
As Morocco’s king offers to hold direct talks with Algeria, we take a look at the issues that keep the two countries at odds — contentious border issues dating back to French colonisation and the territory of Western Sahara.
Morocco declined to host Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to local media, and requested to indefinitely postpone a joint commission meeting in Rabat between the two countries.
The Arab-Islamic-American Summit will be among a series of talks expected to be held in Saudi Arabia next week.
King Mohammed VI removes Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane from office over his failure to form a coalition government following the 2016 elections.
The nation had left after the bloc recognised Western Sahara as a sovereign territory in 1984.
The incident is being compared to the death of a Tunisian vendor in 2010, which sparked a revolution in the country that ultimately led to the Arab Spring uprisings across the rest of the region the next year.
Some 16 million Moroccans are eligible to vote, with 30 parties competing for seats. Turnout will be a key factor, after it reached only 45 percent in the November 2011 polls.
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