Morocco recalls ambassador to Nigeria

AP News
Posted: Mar 12, 2015 2:38 PM

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Morocco said it has recalled its ambassador to Abuja over Nigeria's claims its president had spoken with Morocco's king.

Morocco's ministry of foreign affairs said Tuesday that contrary to what Nigerian authorities said to Morocco's ambassador and to local media there was never a telephone conversation between his majesty King Mohammed VI and Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan.

The ministry said the request for a call was declined because it did not want to be part of "internal electioneering" as Nigeria comes closer to elections.

"The kingdom of Morocco expresses its astonishment and denunciation to these unethical practices that are contrary to the spirit of responsibility that must prevail in relations between state," it said, adding that it has decided to immediately recall its ambassador for consultation.

A Nigerian political party, the All Progressives Congress, on Thursday asked Jonathan's administration to explain the cause of the diplomatic row.