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Iran rejects Morocco claims as lacking credibility

Tehran, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Tuesday that claims made by Morocco are not only lacking credibility, but are also a repetition of anti-Iran allegations by those who are seeking discord among Muslim world.

Qasemi made the remarks in reaction to claims by the Moroccan foreign minister about Iran's alleged efforts to spread its influence in Africa and a subsequent severing relations with Tehran.

Iran's relations with African countries have always been based on mutual respect to national sovereignty and expansion of common grounds for cooperation, Qasemi said.

Good relations and visits to Iran and Africa by Iranian and African officials well indicate the cooperation-based approach of Iran towards significant countries of this region, the spokesman added.

He said that the claims by Moroccan foreign minister which have been published in one of the most extremist and racist US neo-conservative media, are more in line with the incumbent White House anti-African administration than to have a realistic look at African issues.

Two times cutting relations of Morocco with Iran over just a decade of mutual relations show that the country lacks behavioral stability in its foreign policy, Qasemi said.

In its foreign relations, Morocco is more influenced by pressures from the a third county than to deal with meeting its long-term interests, making hasty claims based on dictated allegations by others, the official added.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA


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