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Goodluck Jonathan Morocco’s King didn’t snub President - Foreign Ministry

Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs had said via a statement released on Friday, March 6 that King Mohammed had refused to speak to Jonathan via telephone due to the proximity of Nigeria’s general elections.

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President Goodluck Jonathan speaks during the launch of an organization for women and girls in Abuja. play

President Goodluck Jonathan speaks during the launch of an organization for women and girls in Abuja.

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King Mohammed VI of Morocco

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has denied reports that President Goodluck Jonathan was snubbed by King Mohammed VI of Morocco.

Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs had said via a statement released on Friday, March 6 that King Mohammed had refused to speak to Jonathan via telephone due to the proximity of Nigeria’s general elections.

The Nigerian ministry however said via a statement on Monday, March 9,  that Mohammed was in France when Jonathan had a phone conversation with him and as such the Nigerian President couldn’t have been snubbed.

“Since the King was in France and not in Morocco, both leaders spoke extensively over the telephone on matters of mutual interest and concern that have nothing to do with the conduct of re-scheduled elections in Nigeria,” the statement reads.

“It is therefore preposterous to suggest that Mr. President’s telephone call to the Moroccan monarch was intended to confer any electoral advantage on the President,” it adds.

The statement from Morocco’s Foreign Ministry had said that Jonathan’s phone call was rejected because King Mohammed viewed it as an inappropriate way to garner Muslim votes for the March 28 election.

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