The 1st Special Course for Moroccan diplomats is being held at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the Ministry of External Affairs of India on 15-27 April 2019. 14 young diplomats from Morocco are participating. The Special Course was inaugurated at FSI on 15 April 2019. Amb. J.S. Mukul, Dean (FSI) also hosted a welcome reception for the Moroccan diplomats.
Amb. T.S. Tirumurti, Secretary (ER), Ministry of External Affairs of India and other senior officers of the Ministry would address the Moroccan diplomats as part of the training programme. The Special Course would include modules on India’s foreign policy, key international issues, multilateral diplomacy and diplomatic skills. The Moroccan diplomats would also get an exposure to India’s economic and technological development and undertake study tours to experience the rich cultural heritage of India.
To date, 13 Moroccan diplomats have participated in FSI training programmes for foreign diplomats.
India and Morocco have interacted in historical terms going back to the 14th Century when the famous traveller and writer from Tangier, Ibn Batuta travelled to India. India was also active in the United Nations supporting the Moroccan freedom movement and recognised Morocco on 20 June 1956 when it became independent of the protectorate arrangements with France and diplomatic Missions were established in 1957. India and Morocco have enjoyed cordial and friendly ties. This Special Course will further strengthen India’s friendly ties with Morocco.