The Moroccan foreign ministry hinted at a possible withdrawal of its troops from the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, causing tensions between the two kingdoms.
The UN has finally managed to bring Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and the region's separatist group Polisario to the negotiating table, hoping to make some progress on the four-decade-long dispute.
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 has announced it is cutting ties with Iran, accusing Tehran of weaponising the Polisario Front, an independence movement that has clashed with Rabat for Western Sahara for the past four decades.
The move comes as Morocco accuses Iran of supplying weapons to the separatist Polisario Front that is fighting for the independence of the Western Sahara.
The Morrocan government warned the UN peacekeeping mission for Western Sahara of Polisario Front independence fighters moving into UN-controlled areas but a UN spokesman said the mission has "not observed any movement".
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