Egypt FM to visit Morocco on Thursday

RABAT – Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry is expected to begin a two-day visit to Morocco on Thursday, Egypt's embassy in Rabat has said.

The planned visit comes following a recent media row between the two North African states.

Moroccan state television recently described the 2013 ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi by the army as a "military coup."

This raised eyebrows in Egypt, especially given that Morocco had been one of the first countries to congratulate Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi – the defense minister who led Morsi's ouster – when he assumed the presidency himself last year.

In a statement, the Egyptian embassy in Rabat said Shoukry would visit Morocco to deliver a message from al-Sisi to Morocco's King Mohamed VI.

The embassy added that Shoukry would also hold talks with Moroccan counterpart Salaheddine Mezouar.

It did not, however, provide further details about the message Shoukry planned to deliver to the Moroccan king or the subject of his scheduled talks with Mezouar.

The embassy merely said that Shoukry's visit to Rabat was in response to a 2014 visit to Cairo by Mezouar.

The Moroccan authorities have not issued any official statements regarding Shoukry's upcoming visit.

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