Morocco severs ties with Iran over support for West Sahara Polisario front-official

File photo showing Moroccan people protesting in support of Western Sahara. (AFP)
Updated 01 May 2018
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Morocco severs ties with Iran over support for West Sahara Polisario front-official

RABAT: Morocco will sever ties with Iran over Tehran’s support for the Western Sahara independence Polisario front, the Moroccan foreign minister said on Tuesday.
Morocco will close its embassy in Tehran and will expel the Iranian ambassador in Rabat, Nasser Bourita told reporters. Al Arabiya News channel reported that Morocco is severing ties with Iran as the Lebanese militia Hezbollah have been training polisario militants. Morocco stated that Iran's Lebanese ally Hezbollah has been involved in the delivery of weapons from Iran to the Polisario Front, Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said Tuesday.
He told reporters that "a first shipment of weapons was recently" sent to the Algerian-backed Polisario Front, which is seeking independence, via an "element" at the Iranian embassy in Algiers.Several countries have expressed solidarity with Morocco over breaking up its relation with Iran. Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Bahrain were quick to express their support to Rabat's move. A source at the Saudi Arabian foreign ministry said that Riyadh condemns all interference in Moroccan affairs, and supports the steps taken by Rabat against Iran. The Saudi Arabian source added that Hezbollah militia training of Polisario militants aims to destabilze Morrocco and threaten its security. 


 

 


Suspected drones disrupt Dubai flights

Updated 57 min 58 sec ago

Suspected drones disrupt Dubai flights

  • Two arriving flights had to be diverted, it said
  • "Dubai Airports can confirm that flight arrivals were briefly disrupted at Dubai International"

DUBAI: Flights at Dubai's international airport, one of the world's busiest, were briefly disrupted Sunday due to "suspected drone activity," officials said.
Two arriving flights had to be diverted, it said, while media reports said the planes had landed at a smaller airport in the neighbouring emirate of Sharjah.
"Dubai Airports can confirm that flight arrivals were briefly disrupted at Dubai International from 12:36 (0836 GMT) to 12:51 (0851 GMT) UAE local time this afternoon due to suspected drone activity," a spokesperson said in a statement Sunday.
Flights at the airport have been disrupted several times in recent years by recreational drones, with the last incident occurring in February