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Morocco halts judicial accord with France in spat

Updated Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 | 12:30 p.m.

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco's Justice Ministry has announced the suspension of all judicial cooperation accords with France in a deepening spat between the two allies.

The statement issued Wednesday added that liaison judge accredited to France would be recalled until "adequate solutions to guarantee mutual respect" are found.

The move comes following a rare diplomatic spat between Morocco and its former colonial ruler.

On Friday, French police showed up at the Moroccan ambassador's residence in Paris to serve a summons for the visiting chief of Morocco's intelligence in response to a suit filed by an activist group.

Morocco also took umbrage at comments that the North African country was France's mistress, allegedly made by the French ambassador to the U.S. France denies the comments were made.