Iran denies accusation of Polisario arms delivery

Iran denies Moroccan claims of Hezbollah Polisario axis
Morocco Breaks Diplomatic Relations with Iran
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04 May, 2018

The Frente POLISARIO denied Morocco's allegations according to which the POLISARIO has relations with Iran in the military field, defying Rabat to present evidence of these "false allegations", after deciding to break off its relations with Teheran "because of its support to POLISARIO".

The Gulf Cooperation Council, as an institution, voiced its full and firm solidarity with Morocco, and affirmed support for all initiatives undertaken by the kingdom to consolidate its sovereignty and territorial unity.

Hezbollah denied the allegations, saying Morocco was acting under American, Israeli, and Saudi pressure.

Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita claimed that Rabat had obtained "verified proof" that Hezbollah had provided training and financial support to the Polisario Front since 2016 and had sent weaponry to the group last month, including surface-to-air SAM9, SAM11 and Strela missiles.

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The Iranian embassy worker is said to have enabled the facilitation of contacts and meetings, and unlocking logistic facilities for Hezbollah military officials to head to Tindouf, and meet up with Polisario members.

"Morocco's ambassador has been received today by the Secretary General at the foreign ministry who rejected the unfounded remarks", ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

Hezbollah has also strictly rejected the allegation, saying in a statement that Morocco had made a decision to cut ties with Iran under "American, Israeli and Saudi pressure".

Morocco and Iran had only recently restored relations after years of enmity stemming from Morocco's support for Bahrain's Sunni monarchy, which quashed a 2011 Arab Spring uprising supported by that country's Shiite majority.


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