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India, Morocco sign four MoUs to enhance cooperation

India and Morocco have signed four MoUs following the delegation-level talks between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Moroccan counterpart Nasser Bourita in Rabat. The agreements include setting up of joint working group on counter terrorism and cooperation in housing and human settlement.

Feb 19, 2019 13:19 IST
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India and Morocco on February 18, 2019 signed four MoUs following the delegation-level talks between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Moroccan counterpart Nasser Bourita in Rabat.

The agreements include setting up of joint working group on counter terrorism, cooperation in housing and human settlement, reciprocal facilitation of procedures for issue of business visa and cooperation in youth matters.

The Indian External Affairs Minister and her Moroccan counterpart discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in a number of areas, including defence and security, counter-terrorism and trade and investment.

  India, Morocco sign four MoUs to enhance cooperation

Following is the list of the four MoUs signed during the visit of External Affairs Minister to Morocco:

S. No.

MoU

Remarks

1.

Setting up of Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism

To develop a comprehensive approach to combat terrorism including cross- border terrorism, misuse of internet including social media by terror entities; terrorist financing, recruitment of members of terrorist groups.

2.

Cooperation in Housing and Human Settlement

To further the cooperation in the field of Low Cost and Affordable Housing, Urban Planning and Smart Cities.

3.

Cooperation in Youth Matters

To strengthen and encourage people to people connect, emphasizing on youths who comprises more than 50% of the population in both the countries through participation in events and activities in the two countries, exchange of information and knowledge sharing, and youth exchanges.

4.

Reciprocal facilitation of procedures for issue of Business Visa

To alleviate the difficulties faced by businessmen in issue of Business Visa to further strengthen the excellent economic relations between the two countries.

Background

  • The Indian External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj is currently on a 4-day three nation tour to Bulgaria, Morocco and Spain from February 16-19, 2019, as a part of India's efforts to strengthen ties with these countries and expand avenues of cooperation.
  • Swaraj’s visit to Bulgaria is the first-ever visit of an Indian External Affairs Minister to the nation. It is a follow-up visit to the state visit of the Indian President to Bulgaria in September 2018.
  • In the second leg of her tour, EAM visited Kingdom of Morocco from February 17-18, 2019. The visit was in pursuit of India’s objective of enhanced engagement with the Kingdom and aimed to provide an opportunity to hold in-depth discussions on bilateral, regional and global issues.
  • Swaraj began the second leg of her tour with an important meeting with Prime Minister of Morocco Saadeddine Othmani. She also handed over to Moroccan External Affairs Minister a letter from Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed to the country's King Mohammed VI.
  • In the last leg of her visit, EAM will travel to Spain on February 18-19, 2019 at the invitation of her counterpart, Josep Borrell Fontelles, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation.
  • During her visit, the External Affairs Minister will hold a bilateral meeting with her counterpart to discuss bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual concern.
  • The Spanish Government will also confer upon the Minister the prestigious Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit by the Spanish Government for India´s swift response through Operation Maitri in rescuing 71 Spanish nationals from Nepal in April 2015 in the wake of the disastrous earthquake.

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