US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was visiting Morocco to discuss regional security and meet the United Arab Emirates de facto leader Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan.
The trip comes in the shadow of Russia-Ukraine crisis, which along with sanctions has sent wheat and fuel prices soaring in a serious blow for import-dependent North African countries. Blinken flew in from Israel where he had joined top diplomats from the UAE, Morocco, Bahrain and Egypt for a meeting that underlined a seismic shift since 2020 in relations between Arab countries and the Jewish state.
On Tuesday he started talks with Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita ahead of a meeting with Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch, with the Western Sahara dispute and security cooperation on the agenda — including the fight against the Islamic State group and Al Qaeda in the Sahel.
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