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Visit of MOS for External Affairs Shri E. Ahmed to the Kingdom of Morocco from 23 – 26 May, 2005

May 26, 2005

Shri E. Ahamed, Minister of State for External Affairs, Government of India, paid a visit to the Kingdom of Morocco from 23 – 26 May, 2005. He was accorded the privilege of having an exclusive audience with His Majesty King Mohammed VI, the King of Morocco. Although His Majesty was away on tour to Agadir, situated about 600 kms. south of Rabat, he received the Indian Minister despite his numerous pressing engagements. In a rare and special gesture, the King placed his personal aircraft at Hon'ble Minister's disposal to enable him to travel to Agadir and return to Rabat.

Shri E. Ahamed handed over a letter addressed to His Majesty King Mohammed VI by hon'ble Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh. He also conveyed to the Moroccan monarch the good wishes of the Government and the people of India. In reply, the Moroccan King echoed the sentiments of goodwill. It may be recalled that he has visited India in 2001 and again on a private visit in 2003. His fondness for India is well-known, especially in Morocco.

Shri E. Ahamed briefed His Majesty on various aspects of India's foreign policy as also the steps being taken by the Indian Government to uplift the poorer sections of Indian society. Bilateral relations between India and Morocco were reviewed during the meeting and Shri Ahamed expressed the hope that the excellent bilateral relations would be transformed into even closer and better relations. It may be mentioned that the economic relationship is mainly centered around the export of phosphates and phosphoric acid from Morocco to India, but there is considerable scope for diversifying the bilateral trade and economic relationship.

During the meeting, the Moroccan King expressed the hope that India's President and Prime Minister would be able to visit Morocco in the very near future. It may be recalled that Morocco's Prime Minister Driss Jettou had paid an official visit to India in December, 2004.

During his visit, Shri E. Ahamed also called on the Moroccan Prime Minister Driss Jettou and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Taieb Fassi Fihri. Fassi Fihri also hosted a banquet in honour of the Indian Minister.



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