International Affairs



It gives me great pleasure to accept your Credentials as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of His Majesty the King of Morocco to India. Please convey to His Majesty King Mohammed VI, on behalf of the Government and the people of India, and on my own behalf, sincere thanks for his thoughtful message and very kind sentiments expressed about India and our institutions.

We are very happy to learn that His Majesty King Mohammed VI would be visiting India early next year. We look forward to welcoming His Majesty to India. It will be an important milestone in our bilateral relations and will further enhance the quality of our interaction.

India and Morocco are ancient countries with grand traditions of culture which have been manifested in their own unique styles of architecture, music and social systems. Both of us are proud to retain our historical traditions and at the same time we have always remained open societies, ready to welcome ideas and absorb them into our own ethos to enrich them. Both our countries have woven these strands into one composite unit, thereby creating a civil society fashioned on the bedrock of tolerance and religious amity with an underlining constitutional guarantee of the right of all people to practise and profess their particular faiths and beliefs.

The world continues to be troubled by religious intolerance, ethnic strife and terrorism. India has been facing threats to her secular and democratic polity through externally sponsored terrorism. We are, however, confident that the tradition of secularism and democracy, so deeply engrained in our ethos will withstand this challenge. Both India and Morocco share the same perceptions on terrorism and extremist violence perpetrated in the name of religion and should join hands to counter this new menace to the peace and stability of nations, as well as the world in general.

Today’s world is substantially different from what emerged at the end of the Second World War. Those fundamental changes, above all, the growth of democracy and vibrant new economies in Asia, Africa and Latin America, must be appropriately reflected in international institutions, in particular the United Nations. Reform and restructuring of the UN is essential if it is to strengthen its efficacy and effectiveness. Our two countries can work together to build a consensus on the criteria and the methods of carrying this out.

We have followed with admiration the role played by His Majesty King Mohammed VI in the international arena to promote peace and mutual understanding. Like Morocco, we have been following the developments in West Asia closely. This region is close to us geographically as well historically; and amicable settlement there would be in the interest of India too. We feel that dialogue and peace are indispensable to achieve a solution. We in India appreciate the moderating role played by Morocco in the region.

Neither distance nor the differences in the physical size have come in the way of the steady growth of our mutually beneficial cooperation in diverse fields. We have shared a partnership in promoting the cause of global peace and development and cooperated in diverse international fora towards this objective.

It is noteworthy that India is one of the most important markets for Moroccan phosphate and phosphoric acid and one of the largest joint ventures set up by an Indian company abroad is in Morocco. Both India and Morocco have followed the path of economic liberalisation in recent years. It has opened up fresh opportunities for the two countries to enhance our economic and trade cooperation and it should be our endeavour to fully exploit this potential.

Excellency, I have vivid memories of my visit to Morocco in 1993, when I was Vice President of India. I recall with gratitude and great pleasure, the warm and affectionate welcome extended to me by the late Majesty King Hassan II and His Majesty Mohammed VI who was then the Crown Prince of Morocco. I cherish recollections of the friendship and warmth shown to me by the Government and the people of Morocco.

Excellency, you have been actively involved in the political and economic life of your country for many years. With your rich experience, you will find a fertile ground for all ideas for strengthening bilateral relations between our two countries. In this task, I assure you the fullest cooperation of my Government. I wish you all success and a rewarding stay in India.

Thank you

Jai Hind