Bilateral Relations

The Moroccan-Indian ties

The Moroccan-Indian historical ties are bound to start with Ibn Battuta, the globe trotter who travelled 73,000 miles across three continents, an area equivalent to 40 modern countries. He arrived in India during the reign of Sultan Mohammed Tughlaq in the 14th Century, spending almost 10 years in the country.

The ties date back with the first Prime Minister of India, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, meeting then King of Morocco, late His Majesty Hassan II. The legacy of interactions and visits continued as the daughter of Pt Nehru, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India, met with the then King of Morocco, His Majesty Hassan II, and then Crown Prince and current King of Morocco, His Majesty Mohammed VI.

In the year 2015, the State visit which His Majesty the King paid to the Republic of India, to participate in the third India-Africa Summit Forum, at the kind invitation of His Excellency the Prime Minister, marked indeed an historic milestone in the annals of the relations between both countries.

The relations witnessed also many high ranking visits namely Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajypayee’s visit in the year 1999. During this visit, bilateral investment protection agreements were signed between the two countries as well as a Memorandum of Understanding for mutual professional cooperation between PTI and Maghreb Arab Presse (MAP), the official press agency.

Foreign Minister of Morocco Abdellatif Fillali called on the PM for the NAM summit in Durban in August 1998.

Minister of State for External Affairs visited Morocco from 25- 27 June 1998 and signed an MoU on foreign office consultations.

The then Speaker of the Lok Sabha led a parliamentary delegation to Morocco in October 1998 and it was decided to establish an Indo Moroccan Parliamentary Friendship group.

Then Minister of State for finance, Mr. KMR Janardhanan visited Morocco in 1998 to sign the convention on avoidance of double taxation between Indian and Morocco.

In February 2014, the then External Affairs Minister, Salman Kurshid paid an official visit to Morocco and signed with his Moroccan counterpart two cooperation agreements on the environment and sea fisheries.

The 3rd Session of Morocco-India Political Consultations was also held in Rabat on December 10, 2014, led by Nasser Bourita, Secretary General of Foreign Ministry from Moroccan side and Anil Wadhwa, Secretary (East), External Affairs from Indian side. On this occasion, Morocco-India signed a memorandum of understanding to set up an ICT Research Center in Casablanca.

Both India and Morocco have recently completed their terms as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council. Morocco has supported India in the United Nations and other multilateral fora.

Economic Relations

The 4th India-Morocco Joint Commission meeting was held on 28-29 April, 2011in New Delhi. The meeting was co-chaired by HE Anand Sharma, Minister for Commerce & Industry and the Moroccan Minister for External Trade, HE Mr.Abdellatif Maazouz.

In October 2010, HE Minister of State (MOS) for Commerce and Industry, Jyotiraditya Scindia visited Morocco. During the visit, the Honorable MOS (C&I) met with the Moroccan Minister for External Commerce, Mr. Abdellatif Maazouz and discussed various aspects of bilateral trade and commerce.

The Moroccan Minister of Industry, Trade and New Technologies Mr. AbdelKader Amara visited Mumbai on 29-30 May, 2013 to participate in a road show organized jointly by the Moroccan Investment Development Agency and the Financial Times newspaper.

India is one of the major markets for Moroccan phosphate and its derivatives. Other main items of export to India are metallic ores and metal scrap, semi-finished products and inorganic chemicals. The main items of India’s exports to Morocco are cotton yarn, synthetic fiber, transport equipment, pharmaceuticals, agricultural implements, chemicals, spices and manufactured metals.