Goodluck Jonathan Morocco says King Mohammed VI never spoke to Nigeria’s President

Morocco had earlier issued a statement saying that King Mohammed VI had refused a phone call from President Goodluck Jonathan calling it an inappropriate gesture due to Nigeria’s impending elections.

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A diplomatic row is currently brewing between Morocco and Nigeria over a purported phone conversation between the leaders of both countries.

Morocco had earlier issued a statement saying that King Mohammed VI had refused a phone call from President Goodluck Jonathan calling it an inappropriate gesture due to Nigeria’s impending elections.

The Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs however denied that Jonathan had been snubbed saying that the leaders had spoken at length while the Moroccan King was in Paris.

The North African country has however issued a rejoinder claiming that no such conversation ever took place.

"The king has actually declined the request of the Nigerian government because it is part of the internal electioneering," Morocco's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"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 states,” the statement adds.

The Foreign Ministry also said that it wanted to state in the "clearest and strongest terms" that "there has never been a phone conversation" between the two leaders.

Morocco has also recalled its ambassador to Nigeria for consultations over the incident.

The initial statement from the North African country said that Mohammed VI had refused Jonathan’s call because he saw it as an attempt by the Nigerian President to use the King to campaign for Muslim votes in the polls.

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