Morocco Claims Iran Intends To Enter West Africa to Spread Shia Doctrine In Region

Morocco’s Foreign Minister, Nasser Bourita has claimed that Iran has a plan to infiltrate West Africa aimed at spreading the Shia doctrine in the region. 

Speaking to a parliamentary committee, Bourita vowed to protect the “spiritual security of Africa” from Iranian aggression.

Iran, a Shia-majority country with a theocratic regime, has been accused of using missionaries as soft power to spread its influence across the world, particularly in West Africa, Asia, and parts of the Middle East.

Bourita also said his country supports the UAE against the Houthi rebels who are enjoying full support from Iran. 

“We denounce Iran’s support to the Houthis and also we stand with the UAE in the fight against the group,” said Bourita. 

Iran has been accused of using Houthis as its proxy tool to use it against Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Morocco’s Gulf allies.

Recently, the Houthis claimed a missile attack at Abu Dhabi that killed three people and wounded six others and promoted airstrikes by the UAE and Saudi Arabia on their hideouts in Yemen.

In 2018, the government of Morocco announced diplomatic severance with Iran and accused the Tehran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah of training Polisario Front separatist fighters against Morocco in Western Sahara.

Saudi Arabia also cut ties with Iran in 2016, where Bahrain, Sudan, and the UAE followed the Saudi boycott of Iran by either severing or downgrading diplomatic relations with Tehran.

All these governments have accused Iran of interference in domestic affairs and also promoting Shia doctrine in the region.


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