India and Morocco agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in the field of defence and security

Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in charge of the National Defence Administration, Government of the Kingdom of Morocco, Mr. Abdeltif Loudyi is on a two-day official visit to India. The Moroccan Minister met Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitaraman in South Block in New Delhi today. This is the first-ever visit of a Moroccan Defence Minister to India.

During the meeting, both Ministers agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in the field of defense and security. The Minister identified fields of Hydrography, Peacekeeping, Telemedicine, Information Technology and Communications as well as Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency as potential areas for bilateral engagement.

Cooperation on the defense industry, including collaboration in Ship Building and manufacturing support was also discussed. RM invited the Moroccan Minister to attend Aero India 2019 to be held in Bengaluru in February 2019.

Two bilateral MoUs, (i) ‘Cooperation in Peaceful Uses of Outer Space’ between ISRO and the Moroccan Centre of Remote Sensing and (ii) ‘Cooperation in the area of Cyber Security’ between the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and the Moroccan Computer Response Team (ma-CERT) were signed in the presence of Raksha Mantri and the Moroccan Defence Minister.

The Moroccan delegation will also be visiting and interacting with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) facilities at Bengaluru as part of the programme for the visit.

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