French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Morocco “is neither on the agenda nor scheduled,” said an official Moroccan government source.
In an interview with a news channel, France’s Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna announced that a visit by Macron to Morocco had been scheduled, at the invitation of King Mohammed VI.
The source expressed astonishment that Colonna had taken “this unilateral initiative and allowed herself to make an uncoordinated announcement concerning an important bilateral event.”
Relations between Rabat and Paris had reached new lows in recent months in spite of a visit by Colonna to the Moroccan capital in December.
The visit was aimed at overcoming disputes between their countries.
Tensions had erupted two years ago when France decided to reduce the number of visas granted to Moroccans and over Paris’ stance on the contentious Sahara issue and its siding with Algeria.
Relations grew even more strained after France criticized press freedom in Morocco.