Indian foreign minister Salman Khurshid, who will start Thursday a working visit to Rabat as part of an African tour
that will take him also to Tunisia and Sudan, said that India “looks with great respect at the changes taking place in Morocco during the reign of King Mohammed VI” and “views Morocco as an essential partner in Africa”
In an interview with MAP, in New Delhi, Khurshid underlined that Morocco “has always been giving support on issues that concern India, on the principle of reciprocity. We would like to strengthen our relations with Morocco in our new partnership strategy, with focus on capacity development, enhancement of trade and investment, as well as forging joint positions on regional and global issues.”
He added that Morocco is contributing significantly to India’s food security through export of phosphate and phosphoric acid.
“We appreciate Morocco’s support at the multilateral fora, including the United Nations bodies. Morocco has also expressed support for a permanent seat for India in a reformed and expanded UN Security Council. We welcome this,” he went on to say
The Indian top official concluded by saying that the North African region as a whole remains important for India from the political, economic, development and security perspectives.