Morocco omits Paris march on 'offending' cartoons

RABAT – A French delegation refused on Sunday to participate in a major unity march against terrorism in French capital Paris because some cartoons offending Islam's prophet Muhammad were raised in the march, the Moroccan Foreign Ministry has said.

It added in a statement that the delegation, which was made of Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar and Moroccan ambassador in Paris Chakib Benmoussa, offered Morocco's condolences to French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

"The Moroccan delegation and Moroccan officials cannot participate in the march when cartoons offending to the prophet [PBUH] are raised," the Moroccan Foreign Ministry said in the statement.

Around 50 world leaders and scores of politicians participated in a unity march against terrorism in Paris on Sunday along with tens of thousands of French citizens.

The march comes only days after three masked gunmen attacked the offices of satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris and killed 12 people, including eight magazine journalists.

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