The King also ordered the Moroccan government to send food assistance to Qatar. The Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs then cited religion as a reason “especially during the month of Ramadan where solidarity among Muslim people is required.”
On March 18, 2018, Al Sheikh started politicizing the 2026 World Cup bid, posting a tweet to announce his country’s indirect position on the 2026 World Cup bid.
Al Sheikh said that neither of the World Cup bidders asked for Saudi Arabia’s support. But in case someone asked for backup, Saudi Arabia would vote for the country that would best serve its interests.
In an interview with a Saudi-based sports news outlet, Al Sheikh said, “Friendship and Fraternity have been very detrimental to the Saudis… what really matters to me is that the 2026 World Cup needs to be hosted in the best conditions,” implying that these conditions would not be met in Morocco.
More than that, Al Sheikh considered Moroccan neutrality in the Gulf Crisis as a threat to the diplomatic ties between Saudi Arabia and Morocco. Morocco took a neutral stance because of its strong bonds with both Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
on April 9 King Mohammed VI, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad El Hariri taked a selfie and shared online by Hariri.
That selfie, made observers forget about Saudi-Moroccan shortage, thinking the picture was “worth more than a thousand words.”