Moroccan envoy concludes 'vacation', returns to Egypt

CAIRO – Moroccan ambassador to Egypt Mohamed Saad el-Alami returned to Cairo Thursday after a 6-day vacation, two diplomats have confirmed.

"Ambassador el-Alami returned to Cairo today," a Moroccan diplomat, requesting anonymity, told The Anadolu Agency.

He said that the ambassador had left for Rabat on Saturday to celebrate the birthday of Islam's prophet Muhammad.

"[His departure] was not linked to tension between the two countries," he said.

An Egyptian diplomat also confirmed the return of the Moroccan ambassador to Cairo.

"The ambassador has concluded his vacation and returned to Cairo," the diplomat told AA.

The Moroccan ambassador had left Cairo for Rabat on Saturday, sparking speculation that his departure was linked to a recent diplomatic row between the two countries.

Last week, two Moroccan state television channels described Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi as a "coup leader." The channels also described ousted President Mohamed Morsi as Egypt's "legitimate president."

It was the first time for Moroccan state media to describe Morsi's ouster by the military in mid-2013 as a "coup."

Diplomats from both countries offered different reasons for the change of Morocco's tone vis-à-vis Egypt's leadership.

A source with Morocco's Foreign Ministry earlier told AA that Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will visit Rabat on Jan. 18 to "resolve the row between the two countries."

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