Rabat - King Mohammed VI of Morocco arrived this Sunday in New Delhi to participate in the third India-Africa Forum Summit, scheduled for October 26 to 29.
Rabat – King Mohammed VI of Morocco arrived this Sunday in New Delhi to participate in the third India-Africa Forum Summit, scheduled for October 26 to 29.
Spokesperson of India’s Ministry of External Affairs, Vikas Swarup announced in a tweet that King Mohammed VI is the first head of state to arrive in New Delhi, adding that he “was received by Minister [of State for Agriculture] Sanjeev Balyan”.
— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) October 25, 2015
The India-Africa Summit begins on Monday but the main summit, attended by heads of state and government, including nearly 40 kings, presidents and prime ministers, is on October 29.
The Summit will provide a high-level political platform for African Heads of State and government and the Indian government to debate their common problems, including food, health and environment, as well as expand cooperation on maritime security and counterterrorism.
This is the second trip of King Mohammed VI to India, since he came to power in 1999. Multiple local media reports said the visit translates the importance Morocco attaches to strengthening its relations with the Asian country.
Moroccan-Indian trade relations have scored a steady growth recently. In 2014, trade between the two countries stood at $1.36 billion, with India’s exports to Morocco amounting to $500.5 million, while imports were valued at $855.8 million.
Indian exports to Morocco in 2014 decreased by 21.6 percent compared to the previous year, while Moroccan exports to India registered an increase of 10.2 percent. The trade balance is almost always in favor of Morocco due to exports of phosphoric acid and rock phosphate to India.