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US thanks Morocco for confronting Iran and supporting Venezuela

The United States of America expressed its thanks to the Kingdom of Morocco for its efforts to counter the “malicious” influence of Iran in the region, as well as its support for Venezuelan President Juan Guaido, who enjoys the support of America and most of the European Union against President Nicolas Maduro.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with his Moroccan counterpart Nasser Bourita in Washington on Wednesday, accompanied by Lalla Joumala Alaoui, the Kingdom’s ambassador to the United States, on the sidelines of the ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to Combat “Daesh”.

“The two sides stressed the long-term strategic partnership between the United States and Morocco and discussed ways to expand cooperation on regional issues,” the statement said.

The statement added that the US Secretary of State noted the “constructive participation of Morocco in talks with the UN’s Personal Envoy to the Sahara.” He said that he thanked Morocco for its resolute efforts to counter the Iranian influence in the region, as well as its support for interim President Juan Guaido.

Last May, Rabat announced its severing ties with Iran because of its support for the Polisario Front. The Kingdom accused Hezbollah of sending weapons to the Front through an element in the Iranian embassy in Algeria. Even before this incident, relations between the two countries were cold.

Morocco’s support for Juan Guaido, president of the Venezuelan parliament, who announced himself as Venezuela’s interim president, came a few days ago after Nasser Bourita telephoned Guaido and expressed his “support to the Kingdom of Morocco for all measures taken to respond to the legitimate aspirations of the Venezuelan people for democracy and change.”

Morocco’s positions on Iran and Venezuela are in line with the White House’s positions. Iran has been a fierce opponent of Washington for years, and Juan Guaido, ambitious for the presidency of Venezuela, is betting on the United States to end the reign of leftist President Nicolas Maduro, who is hostile to what he calls “American imperialism” .

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