Location: The Kingdom of Morocco, which is a constitutional monarchy, is situated at the extreme northwest of Africa. The Atlas mountains stretch across Morocco.
History: Morocco recovered its political independence from France on March 2, 1956. The northern strip of Spanish Sahara was ceded by Spain in 1958, and in 1969, the former Spanish province of Ifni was retuned to Morocco added 70,000 sq.km of phosphate-rich land of former Spanish Sahara to its area.
Agriculture: Primarily an agricultural country, Morocco produces cereals, including barley, wheat, corn and fruits. Vineyards are abundant and dates form a regular crop. Livestock raising is important and fishing is well-developed. About 500,000 Moroccans rely on fishing as their occupation.
Minerals: The most important mineral extracted is phosphate, of which Morocco remains a world supplier. Other minerals are iron ore, coal, lead and manganese.
Industry: Carpets, clothing, leather goods, mining, sugar, metallurgy, chemicals and tourism. Its foreign debt has made Morocco of the most indebted countries in the world.
The dispute with Spain on the tiny island Perejil caused some tension in July but it subsided. King Mohammed VI married commoner and computer engineer Salma Bennami in July.
Mission in India:
Embassy of Morocco
33, Archbishop Makarios Marg
New Delhi - 110 003, India
Tel: 91 - 11 - 24636920/ 21 & 24636924 (Visa)
Fax: 91 - 11 - 24636925
Visit: Embassy of Morocco
Indian Mission in Morocco:
Embassy of India
13, Charia Michlifen, Agdal
Tel: 00 - 212 - 3 - 7671339, 7675974/ 5
Fax: 00 - 212 - 3 - 7671269