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Morocco’s king Mohamed VI refused to meet al-Sarraj: French report

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Morroco’s King Mohamed VI refused to see Presidency Council head Faiez Sarraj according to the usually reliable Paris-based publication Maghreb Confidential. It says that Sarraj had wanted to fly to Morocco as part of his Maghreb tour to drum up support and which took him to see Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi in Tunis on May 22 and to Algiers the following day to see interim President Abdelkader Bensalah and prime minister Noureddine Bedoui.

According to the report, he had sent a sent team on 22 May to Rabat on an Airbus chartered from Libyan Wings to negotiate the visit but they left two days later empty-handed. The publication says that Moroccan foreign ministry officials said that the king was sticking to the 2015 Skhirat Agreement, despite the fact that it had not been fully applied. They were also quoted saying that in any event, the king did not usually receive people during Ramadan.

Al-Marsad has seen a copy of the PC’s flight plans for 22 and 23 May, requesting permission to go to Tunis and the next day flying over Tunis to Algiers. However, there is no mention of a flight overflying Tunisia and heading on to Morocco for 22 May.

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