2019 chartered significant advancements in cultural, academic, political, and economic ties between the two countries, and this momentum appears to be continuing into 2020.
Rabat – In the Indian capital of New Delhi, a Morocco-India parliamentary friendship group discussed means of developing bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
Abdelkrim Mehdi, chairman of the friendship group, led the Moroccan delegation.
During his visit, Mehdi met with Prabhu Chaudhary, chairman of India’s Foreign Affairs Committee, at the Indian Parliament on Thursday, January 16.
According to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), Mehdi and Chaudhary took the opportunity to examine the challenges of socio-economic development in Morocco and India.
Mehdi and Chaudhary also explored the prospects of increasing bilateral visits and exchanges within the framework of parliamentary and economic diplomacy.
India and Morocco officially established diplomatic relations in 1957, after India supported the decolonization of Morocco and recognized the kingdom as independent on June 20, 1956.
India and Morocco have since enjoyed cordial relations, and bilateral cooperation between the two countries has continued to improve in recent years.
Morocco and India are both members of the Non-Aligned Movement, a group of 120 developing countries that are not formally aligned with any major world power.
Bilateral relations between India and Morocco picked up speed with the India-Africa Forum Summit in New Delhi in 2015.
In 2018, trade between the two countries reached an all-time high, surpassing $1.5 billion.
With a Moroccan National Office of Tourism (ONMT) in the Indian capital and regular direct flights between Casablanca and New Delhi, tourism is another sector that is benefiting from strong bilateral cooperation between India and Morocco.
The recent meeting in New Delhi echoes the collaborative symposium held in Rabat on December 12, 2019, during which representatives from Morocco and India exchanged experiences in modernization and development.
As a whole, 2019 chartered significant advancements in cultural, academic, political, and economic ties between the two countries, and this momentum appears to be continuing into 2020.