Morocco's Prime Minister Abbas El Fassi pledged support for India's candidature to the UN Security Council on Tuesday at a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, said Vishnu Prakash, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson. The two Prime Ministers met for 40 minutes on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit being held in Washington.
Both countries also agreed to increase economic cooperation.
The Commerce Ministers of the two countries will soon meet in New Delhi to hold the next joint commission meeting "when the foreign office consultations will also take place," said Prakash. "Both sides expressed similar views on the menace of terrorism and evinced an interest in enhancing co-operation in counter-terrorism and intelligence sharing," he added.
Bilateral trade between India and Morocco exceeded "one billion last year," said Prakash, adding that Morocco is one of India’s most important suppliers of phosphate - an important component of the bilateral cooperation.
A number of Indian companies are involved in mining projects and converting rock phosphate into phosphoric acid, which is then exported to India, he said. Recently, Morocco signed an agreement with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) to improve its solar and wind energy sectors. The Moroccan Prime Minister expressed interest in increasing cooperation in this sector, said Prakash.