Iran says surprised by Morocco's decision to cut ties, rejects allegations

Iran said on Saturday that it was surprised by Morocco's recent decision to cut its diplomatic ties with Iran and rejected Rabat's accusations of interference as " totally baseless."
"Iran is astonished by the move and emphasizes the allegations regarding the interference (of Iran) in Morocco's internal affairs are totally baseless and wrong," Iran's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
"Iran believes under current sensitive situation when unity and integrity of Islamic countries are necessary to support the Palestinians, Morocco's measure is harmful to the Islamic world's unity," it added.
The statement stressed that Iran has always been the harbinger of unity among Islamic nations and has emphasized evading diversions between Muslims, Xinhua reports.
"Political relation between countries is a two-way road and we must be careful of evil doings of enemies of the world of Islam, particularly the wounded Zionists," it said.
Earlier Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki also said that Morocco's recent decision to cut its diplomatic ties with Iran was "surprising."
Morocco's Foreign Ministry said in a press release on Friday that Morocco has cut its diplomatic ties with Iran following Tehran's remarks over Bahrain.
The decision was triggered by Iran's "inadmissible attitude" against Morocco, and its "interference" in the country's religious affairs, the release was quoted by Morocco's official MAP news agency as saying.
The move came after the North African country recalled last week its representative in Tehran for consultations for a one-week period after Iran issued a release containing "unacceptable language" against Morocco.
Ali Akbar Nateq Nuri, a prominent member of Iran's powerful Expediency Council, said on Feb. 20 that Bahrain used to be Iran's 14th province.
Tensions between Shiite Iran and much of the Sunni Muslim world were intensified by the remarks. Bahrain, despite having a Shiite majority population, is ruled by the Sunni Khalifa family.
Like many other Sunni countries, Morocco has voiced strong solidarity with Bahrain after the top Iranian official questioned the Gulf country's sovereignty.
In response, Morocco's King Mohammed sent a message to the Bahraini King Hamad Bin Isa al-Khalifa with "full support for the unity and territorial integrity of the brotherly Kingdom of Bahrain," a Moroccan Foreign Ministry statement said last week.
Morocco's Foreign Minister Taib Fassi Fihri summoned Iran's ambassador Vahid Ahmadi, expressing his displeasure and Morocco's opposition of Iran's stance.
Morocco's relations with Iran were previously cut in the early 1980s, when Morocco hosted the exiled shah after Shiite took power in Iran. Ties had not been normalized until the two countries exchanged envoys in the late 1990s.

Azerbaijan's import of chemical products from Turkey up
Azerbaijan's import of chemical products from Turkey up
Turkey discloses Istanbul Airport's ten-month passenger traffic volume
Turkey discloses Istanbul Airport's ten-month passenger traffic volume
10M2020 cargo, passenger traffic in Turkish Esenboga Airport drops
10M2020 cargo, passenger traffic in Turkish Esenboga Airport drops
Loading Bars
Latest
Turkish political parties condemn French Senate’s resolution on Karabakh
World Maritime University, Georgia aim to develop maritime education, capacity-building activities
Georgia makes giant strides in transposition of energy efficiency acquis
Cash receipts from Azerbaijan to Georgia increases
Number of debit cards in Azerbaijan increases
Uzbekistan increases raisins export to Netherlands
Georgia to subsidize wheat flour price
IAEA to implement multiple projects in Georgia
Uzbekistan, Hungary consider establishing Uzbek-Hungarian Business Council
Uzbekistan confirms repayment schedules on ADB loan for solid waste cleaning
Percentage of problem loans in Azerbaijan down
Eni Turkmenistan Ltd opens tender for vehicles provision
Tree-planting campaign continues in Azerbaijan's Gubadli (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan raises commercial gas production
COVID-related quarantine may be strengthened in Kazakhstan in December
German Bundestag welcoming cessation of hostilities in Karabakh for sustainable peace
Spain names main Turkmen sectors of its interest
Iran to follow FATF-related bills
French Development Agency puts emphasis on increasing solar and wind capacity integration in Georgia
Putin to hold annual press conference via video link on December 17
Share of Austria in total import of Azerbaijan increases
Kazakhstan, Canada discuss prospects for agriculture co-op
Iranian Aras Free Trade Zone reveals its trade surplus
Modernization of primary gas treatment unit carried out at Uzbek oil field
Ambassador of Mexico meets with Azerbaijani Acting Minister of Culture
Azerbaijan supplying drinking water to liberated Shusha city (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan consistently works to strengthen regional cooperation - MFA
Azerbaijan's import of chemical products from Turkey up
Conflicts, external aggression threaten peace, security - Azerbaijani FM
Azerbaijani Minister of Economy receives Qatari ambassador (PHOTO)
Iran's industrial cities work at minimum capacity
U.S. agency opens probe into 115,000 Tesla vehicles over suspension issue
Turkey discloses Istanbul Airport's ten-month passenger traffic volume
Japan ruling party proposal backs assistance for COVID-hit airlines
Iran's Social Security Organization to forgive insurance fines of employers
Elbit Systems wins Spanish Army radio deal
Putin meets RSC members to discuss Russian peacekeepers' activities in Karabakh
Uzbek metallurgical plant switches to int’l financial reporting standards
New company established in Azerbaijan's Sumgayit city
Iran to close public offices amid COVID-19
Volume of industrial lending in Azerbaijan grows
Azerbaijani 'Maestro Niyazi' dry-cargo ship repaired and tested
France-24 TV channel broadcasts reportage about liberated Fuzuli district of Azerbaijan (VIDEO)
Small state enterprises, vehicles to be auctioned in Azerbaijan
Uzbek Ministry of Finance eyes setting excise tax on sugar imports
New electronic services to be introduced in Turkmenistan's banking system
Oil bitumen imports decrease to Georgia
10M2020 cargo, passenger traffic in Turkish Esenboga Airport drops
Discovery of Turkmen scientists expected to make unique contribution to healthcare system on global scale
Azerbaijan detects 3,712 new COVID-19 cases, 1,359 recoveries
World to need at least 1.1 trillion barrels of hydrocarbons over next 20 years
Kazakhstan decreases crude petroleum oil supplies to Netherlands
Number of construction enterprises, organizations in Uzbekistan up
Central Bank of Azerbaijan reveals data on population's deposits
Georgia sees decrease in import of aviation fuel
Oil & gas industry is not at risk of being starved of capital
Nearly half of bank deposits in Azerbaijan made in foreign currency, says CBA
Turkmen Health Ministry opens tender for medical supplies purchase
Iran Parliament speaker obliges gov't to implement “People's Livelihood Protection Act” as soon as possible
Luxury hotels to be created in Nagorno-Karabakh region
Azerenerji OJSC implementing essential project in Karabakh, adjacent districts
Gold, silver prices in Azerbaijan down
Kazakhstan's Kazatomprom sees threefold increase in profits
Turkey's VP talks current defense-related projects
Iran to join several countries in coronavirus vaccine development
Cybersecurity - one of main objectives of Georgia - Energy Community Secretariat report
UNDP office in Uzbekistan to buy agricultural equipment via tender
Central Bank of Azerbaijan plans to raise funds at deposit auction
Azerbaijan's Central Bank reveals year-on-year data on lending to household sector
Facebook cryptocurrency Libra to launch as early as January but scaled back
“Investment Treaty” intensively negotiated between Georgia and Japan
ACG oil transshipment from Ceyhan terminal exceeds 190 million barrels
Turkmenistan prepares project for intellectual property system dev’t
Prime Minister Modi inaugurates RE-Invest 2020
TAP is operational and can deliver gas, says managing director
Uzbek Anti-Crisis Fund expenses up due to extended COVID-9 resistance
Ruling coalition in Germany stands for Berlin’s participation in promoting peace in Nagorno-Karabakh
Azerbaijani gymnasts in group exercises reach final of European Championship in Ukraine
Azerbaijan's labor ministry, Azermash Group LLC sign tender contract
Iran reduces imports of chemicals from Turkey
Plastic cards becoming more popular in Kazakhstan
Turkish Ombudsman Institution prepares special report on Armenia's war crimes against Azerbaijan (PHOTO)
Turkmenistan prepares project aimed at developing energy diplomacy
Uzbekistan’s 10M2020 production of chemical products revealed
Azerbaijan Insurers Association calls on citizens to annually renew insurance contracts
Russian Tatneft eyeing butadiene production in co-op with Kazakhstan
ICAO to include Azerbaijan's three airfields in new list of int'l geographical coordinates
Georgia becomes most popular exporter of Uzbek beans
Construction of new water reservoirs in Uzbekistan to improve water supply of land areas
Azerbaijan's ten-month import of grains, legumes from Turkey up
Turkish TPAO to expand oil, gas exploration zone
Azerbaijani TS Motors LLC wins tender on tire purchases
Georgia sees record increase in COVID-19 cases
Turkmen State Service of Maritime and River Transportation working to attract foreign investment
Gas market concept under discussion in Georgia
French Senate Resolution is blow to French interests in South Caucasus - Center for Economic Reforms Analysis
Direct flights on the Baku-Minsk route to be resumed
Azerbaijan's High-Tech Park records new resident companies
Uzbek, South Korean foreign ministers discuss strengthening of economic ties
Russia to produce over 100 million doses of world’s first COVID-19 vaccine in India
All news