Talks between Mr. Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, and Dr. Subrahmanyam JAISHANKAR, Minister of External Affairs of India
At the start of these discussions, the two Ministers welcomed the great impetus and momentum that has been injected into bilateral relations since the historic visit of His Majesty King Mohammed VI to India in October 2015 and his meeting with the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, during which they notably agreed to raise the level of these relations to a strategic partnership.
The new dimension taken by Moroccan-Indian relations thus reflects the enlightened policy of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, which is aimed at the diversification and expansion of the Kingdom's strategic partnerships, which now include big countries such as India. In this regard, Jaishankar praised the leadership of the Sovereign to engage Morocco on the path of progress and prosperity.
After noting with great satisfaction the conduct of 27 bilateral visits at the ministerial level, as well as the signing of some forty agreements and memorandums of understanding over the past five years, the two Ministers held a constructive and in-depth exchange of points of view on the bilateral agenda, while stressing the need to relaunch post-Covid cooperation between the two countries in all areas.
The two officials stressed the importance of further strengthening the bilateral legal framework and increasing the exchange of visits by economic delegations. To this end, Bourita urged Indian economic stakeholders to take advantage of the investment opportunities offered by the Kingdom and to promote the transfer of technology and know-how.
The two officials also agreed to hold the 7th session of the Joint Cooperation Commission and the 5th session of the bilateral political consultations in the near future. They also praised the fruitful cooperation in the area of food security, particularly in the field of fertilizers.
In addition, the two Ministers agreed to take the necessary measures to increase the flow of tourists, in particular through the examination of the adoption of the electronic visa and the simplification of the procedure for granting visas to economic stakeholders and businessmen. They also agreed to strengthen cultural cooperation between the two countries.
The two Ministers also exchanged views on several regional and international issues.
Regarding the Libyan issue, Mr. Jaishankar commended Morocco's resolute and constructive engagement with all Libyan parties since the start of the crisis, and its contribution to the United Nations efforts to achieve a peaceful solution through a Libyan-led and appropriate political process, taking into account the legitimate aspirations of the Libyan people, while preserving the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of the country.
Mr. Bourita, on behalf of the government of the Kingdom of Morocco, once again congratulated India on its successful election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2021-2022 term.
The two Ministers noted with satisfaction the similarity of the points of view of their respective countries on several issues, as well as the fruitful cooperation between their diplomatic representations and reciprocal support within international organizations and institutions.
They also exchanged views on the agenda of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly and underlined their commitment to multilateralism and South-South cooperation, in order to face the major challenges facing the world.
The two Ministers underlined, on this occasion, the importance of their countries' commitment to the African continent and welcomed the success of the 3rd edition of the India-Africa Forum summit, held in New Delhi in October 2015, in the presence of His Majesty the King. They also agreed to ensure close consultation for the holding of the 4th edition of this Summit.
Regarding the Moroccan Sahara issue, Mr. Jaishankar expressed India's support for the United Nations Secretary-General's effort to achieve a realistic, lasting, negotiated and mutually acceptable political solution to the Sahara issue, noting that India full note of the efforts of the Kingdom of Morocco in this direction.
On the Covid-19 pandemic, the two Ministers praised the proactive management by their countries of the crisis, as well as the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and Mr. Modi for a united approach, in the framework of South-South cooperation, through the implementation of pragmatic initiatives to curb the spread of the virus.
They welcomed the reciprocal collaboration for the repatriation of their fellow citizens stranded in the two countries during the lockdown period. Mr. Bourita also congratulated his counterpart on the launch of an indigenous Indian vaccine and thanked him for the facilities granted for the importation of Indian pharmaceutical products, as part of the fight against Covid-19.
For his part, the Indian Minister has renewed the invitation to his Moroccan counterpart to pay an official visit to India. This invitation was accepted, with joy, by the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates.