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Key Highlights of Bilateral Relationship between India and Morocco (Updated on October 2014)

The Relations between India and Morocco go back to the 14th century when the famous traveler and writer from Tangier, Ibn Batuta travelled to India. His writings on medieval Indian society are as much an important source of historical information about India to the Indians as to the Moroccans. In modern history, India was active in the UN supporting the Moroccan freedom movement and recognized Morocco on June 20, 1956 when it became independent of the protectorate arrangements with France. Diplomatic Missions were established in 1957.

Over the years, India and Morocco have enjoyed cordial and friendly relations and bilateral relations have witnessed significant growth. Vice President Dr.Zakir Hussain visited Morocco in 1967 and King Mohammed VI, when he was Crown Prince, visited India to participate in the Non-Aligned Movement Summit in 1983 and, later in 2001 and in 2003, as the King of Morocco. Former Prime Minister Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee visited Rabat in 1999. Visits at Ministerial and official level have taken place regularly between the two countries.

The Moroccan Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr. Taieb Fassi Fihri, visited India in April 2011 and met with Hon’ble External Affairs Minister Shri S. M. Krishna. A number of bilateral and international issues of mutual interest were discussed during the meeting.

The Secretary General of the Moroccan Foreign Ministry, Mr. Nasser Bourita traveled to India in the first week of April 2012. During the visit, he held wide ranging talks with senior officials of the Ministry of External Affairs.

In June 2012, Shri E. Ahamed, the Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs, Govt. of India, visited Morocco. During the visit, Hon’ble MOS(EA) met separately with Mr. Youssef Amrani, Minister-Delegate to the Foreign Minister of Morocco, Mr. Saad edine El Otmani, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr. Abdelkader Amara, Minister of Industry, Trade and New Technologies and Mr. Mohamed El Ouafa, Minister of National Education. A number of measures to strengthen and deepen the bilateral relationship between India and Morocco as well as issues of bilateral, regional and international importance were discussed during these meetings. 

Indian Diaspora in Morocco: 

·         Non Residents Indians (NRI):  0 (February 2010)
·         Overseas Citizen of India (OCI): 400 (February 2010)
·         Total Indian Community: 400 (February 2010)

India’s trade with Morocco:

·         Export (US$ Million): 145.92 (April-August 2014)
·         Import (US$ Million): 357.1 (April-August 2014)
·         Total (US$ Million): 503.02 (April-August 2014)
·         Trade Balance (US$ Million): -211.18 (April-August 2014)

 Bilateral Investment with Morocco:
·         Investment inflows (US$ Million): Nil (2014-upto July 2014)
·         Investment outflows (US$ Million): 1.98 (August 2014)
Bilateral Tourism with Morocco:
··         Outbound : 7640 (2011)

Bilateral Treaties and Agreements:


  •  MOU BETWEEN INDIA AND MOROCCO FOR CO-OPERATION IN THE FIELD OF AGRICULTURAL REASERARCH AND EDUCATION(December 07, 2004)
  • MOU ON COOPERATION IN THE FIELD OF POWER BETWEEN INDIA AND MOROCCO (December 07, 2004)
  • AGREEMENT BETWEEN INDIA AND MOROCCO RELATING TO AIR SERVICES (December 07, 2004)
  • MOU BETWEEN INDIA AND MOROCCO ON CO-OPERATION BETWEEN FOREIGN SERVICE INSTITUTE (January 09, 2004)
  • DELHI DECLARATION BETWEEN INDIA AND MOROCCO (February 27, 2001)
  • PROGRAMME ON CULTURAL EXCHANGE BETWEEN INDIA AND MOROCCO FOR THE YEARS 2001, 2002 AND 2003 (February 27, 2001)
  • AGREEMENT ON TOURISM COOPERATION BETWEEN INDIA AND THE KINGDOM OF MOROCCO (November 13, 1999)
  • AGREEMENT BETWEEN INDIA AND MOROCCO FOR MUTUAL PROFESSIONAL COOPERATION (February 13, 1999)
  • AGREEMENT BETWEEN INDIA AND MOROCCO FOR THE PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF INVESTMENTS (February 13, 1999)
  • MOU ON CONSULTATIONS BETWEEN INDIA AND MOROCCO (June 25, 1998)

Related Link:

Visit of Indian Vice President to Morocco 


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