Morocco’s King in Qatar after a Visit to Abu Dhabi

King Mohammed VI on Sunday arrived in Qatar for an official visit, coming from Abu Dhabi where he paid a few-day friendship and work visit.

Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani offered in honor of the Moroccan King an official welcome ceremony at the “Emiri Diwan” in Doha.

While in Abu Dhabi, King Mohammed VI attended last Wednesday the official inauguration of the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum to which he offered several Moroccan artworks dating back to the 19th century.

At a meeting Saturday with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the Monarch congratulated the UAE for this cultural landmark in the region, which conveys, he said, a noble message embodying the values of tolerance, coexistence and peace.

The meeting that was attended by officials from the two countries reviewed the strong brotherly ties and the multidimensional strategic partnership binding Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.

According to the UAE news agency WAM, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed emphasized that his country would carry on its longstanding approach consisting in strengthening its distinguished ties with Morocco. The two sides agreed to reinvigorate the Morocco-UAE joint commission to further consolidate bilateral relations, WAM said.

King Mohammed VI and Sheikh Mohammed ben Zayed afterwards held tête-à-tête talks to discuss a set of regional and international issues of mutual concern.

This is the Moroccan king’s first visit to the region since the outbreak of the Gulf crisis putting at loggerheads Qatar on the one hand, and the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt on the other.

The quartet last June broke diplomatic and economic relations with Qatar that they accuse of supporting terrorist groups and being too close to the Iranian Shiite regime.

According to many observers, King Mohammed VI, who has excellent relations with the leaders of the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, may try to dispel the misunderstandings between the Gulf neighbors.

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