Morocco cuts diplomatic ties with Iran over Western Sahara feud

Iran denies Moroccan claims of Hezbollah Polisario axis

The Foreign Ministry source emphasized that the principle of respect for the sovereignty of states is deeply embedded in the United Nations charter.

"One of the principles of Iranian foreign policy is recognising the sovereignty and territorial integrity of countries and not intervening in their internal affairs", spokesman Bahram Ghassemi said.

On Tuesday, Morocco made a decision to sever relationships with Iran over its backing to Western Sahara's separatist movement the Polisario Front, the Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said.

According to the statement, Abdullatif bin Rashid Zayani, the general secretary of the GCC, has also condemned Iran's interference in Morocco's internal affairs.

Said "We have tangible proof of Iran's involvement in backing Hezbollah's alliance with the Polisario".

The government in Rabat accused Tehran and Lebanon's Hezbollah of funding, training and arming fighters from the Polisario movement via Tehran's embassy in Algeria.

Relations between Morocco and Iran have been tense in recent years with diplomatic ties only recently restored.

Prior to the Arab League's decision, several Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Bahrain, backed Morocco's decision and denounced Hezbollah's alleged cooperation with the separatist group.

"The allegation that an Iranian diplomat (in Morocco) has been cooperating with the Polisario Front is untrue and unreal", Qasemi said, quoted by Iranian Foreign Ministry's official website.

Iran has never interfered in the internal affairs of world countries and will never do that, he stressed.

Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said on Tuesday his country had evidence that Lebanese proxy Hezbollah was providing financial and logistic support to Polisario rebels through the Iranian embassy in Algiers.

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