Bethesda, Maryland, USA, 10/26/2015 /SubmitPressRelease123/
HM King Mohammed VI arrived on Sunday in New Delhi to attend the third India-Africa Forum Summit which will take place in the Indian capital from October 26-29 , 2015 .
The India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) was established in 2008 as the official platform for the advancement of mutually-beneficial relations between India and African nations.
The third edition of the India-Africa Forum 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.
In this the context , HM King Mohammed VI will hold bilateral talks with heads of state and government of several countries.
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.
As regards trade , Moroccan-Indian relations have scored a steady growth. 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% compared to the previous year while Moroccan exports to India registered an increase of 10.2%.
The balance of trade is quasi always in favor of Morocco because of India’s imports of phosphoric acid and rock phosphate.
There is also a lot of interest in Morocco in Indian art and culture. The 12th Marrakech International Film Festival (MIFF), held from 30th November to 8th December, 2012 in Marrakech, paid special tribute to Indian Cinema, celebrating its centenary in 2013.
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