Qatar and Morocco have diplomatic relations since 1972, based on a mutual will and an unlimited common aspiration to develop and expand the areas of co-operation to serve the interests of both countries and peoples.
The distinct relations between the two countries have been enhanced by mutual visits, most importantly was the visit of King Mohamed VI of Morocco to Doha in 2002, and the visit of His Highness the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani to Marrakesh in the same year, as well as his visits to Tangier in 2005 and Rabat in 2011.
King Mohamed VI of Morocco also visited Doha in 2012 and 2016. His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani visited Marrakesh in 2013.
Qatar and Morocco have succeeded in opening up new broad horizons for co-operation, represented in the exchange of visits and development programmes, and the holding of joint higher committees which undoubtedly contributed to the progress of development between the two countries, and the convergence of common visions.
The relations between the two countries have been upgraded to strategic partnership, based on the vision and good leadership of the leaders of the two countries, His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and King Mohamed VI. The two leaders worked together to strengthening relations and developing co-operation between the two countries in all fields.
In the past 36 years, more than 45 agreements and Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) have been signed. In 1981, an agreement was signed to regulate the employment of Moroccan workers in Qatar, in addition to a media agreement between the two sides. In 1987, an agreement was signed on air transport. In 2003, the two sides signed a protocol for co-operation in the administrative field.
In 2011, a partnership agreement was signed to establish a joint Qatari-Moroccan investment authority, an MoU for tourism co-operation; a MoU for co-operation in the mineral field; an additional protocol to the agreement on the regulation of the employment of Moroccan workers in Qatar signed in 1998; a mutual administrative assistance agreement to enable the proper application of the Customs Act and to prevent; investigate and combat crimes; and a protocol for cultural co-operation in the restoration of castles, forts, archaeological sites and historical monuments in Qatar.
In 2013, the two countries signed an agreement to avoid double taxation, prevent tax evasion in respect of income taxes; an MoU for Qatar’s contribution to financing development projects in the Kingdom, a scientific and technical co-operation agreement; a bilateral co-operation agreement in the field of infrastructure projects; and a co-operation and twinning agreement between the Court of Cassation in Morocco and the Court of Cassation in the State of Qatar.
In 2014, an agreement was signed in the field of maritime transport, in addition to a Memorandum of Understanding on the mutual recognition of certificates in accordance with the international agreements for training and rehabilitation; an MoU on co-operation in the field of endowments and Islamic affairs; an MoU in the field of social development; an executive programme of the co-operation agreement in the field of youth; and an agreement of co-operation and exchange between Qatar News Agency and the Moroccan official news agency, the Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).
The two countries also signed two agreements relating to the financing of agriculture and fishing sector projects, the first agreement on the financing of agricultural projects with a grant of $202mn and the second agreement on the financing of fishing projects with a grant of $69mn. In addition, the two sides signed a co-operation agreement in the field of security, an agreement in the field of air transport, and a co-operation agreement between Morocco and Qatar for the conservation of biodiversity and wild animals and their habitats.
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