Denmark–Morocco relations

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Denmark-Morocco relations
Map indicating locations of Denmark and Morocco

Denmark

Morocco

Denmark–Morocco relations refers to the current and historical relations between Denmark and Morocco. Denmark has an embassy in Rabat[1] and Morocco has an embassy in Copenhagen.[2] Denmark also sends aid to Morocco as part of the Danish-Arab Partnership Programme.[3][4] In January 2008, Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Møller visited Morocco for the opening of the Danish embassy in Rabat.[5] In March 1980, Mohammed VI of Morocco visited Denmark as the Crown Prince of Morocco and Moroccan Foreign Minister Mohamed Benaissa visited Denmark in 2005 and in 2006.[6]

In 2006, Danish export to Morocco amounted 210 million DKK and Moroccan export amounted 34 million DKK.[7]

In June 2004, the Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Møller said that they do not "recognise Moroccan sovereignty on Western Sahara", and considered the Moroccan presence in Western Sahara as "illegal" and "unacceptable".[8]

In January 2011, Danish Foreign Minister Lene Espersen stressed that: "human rights, and particularly freedom of assembly and press freedom, is an essential part of the ongoing bilateral dialogue between Denmark and Morocco", but has also criticized Morocco for their human rights record in the Western Sahara.[9]

History[edit]

Diplomatic relations between Denmark and Morocco were established in 1957. Two years later, Morocco opened an embassy in Oslo, Norway which also were accredited to Denmark. In 1999, Denmark closed their embassy in Morocco because of budget reasons.[10] In 2006, Denmark reopened their embassy in Rabat and both countries desired to strengthen their bilateral relations and trade.[6] In November 2008, Danish Princess Marie visited Morocco to hand over 3500 boxes of Lego for charity.[11]

Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy[edit]

Main article: Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy On February 2, 2006, protesters in Rabat, Morocco had staged a sit-in before the Parliament in response to the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons. Newspapers that involved the cartoons were also barred by the Moroccan government.[12]

Agreements[edit]

On 25 July 1767, a treaty were signed between Denmark and Morocco.[13][14] In December 1976, Denmark and Morocco signed an economic and technical agreement.[15] A protection of mutual investment agreement was signed between the two countries in May 2003.[16] In 2004, Denmark and Morocco signed an oil prospecting agreement for oil prospecting in the coast of Tarfaya.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Danmarks Ambassade, Rabat". Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. "Diplomatic missions in Denmark". Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. "The Middle East". Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Danish-Arab Partnership Programme". Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Udenrigsminister Per Stig Møller rejser til Madrid, Senegal og Marokko den 15.-19. januar 2008". Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Morocco. "Politique Etrangére: Danemark" (in French). Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Landefakta Marokko" (in Danish). WayBack Machine. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Denmark does not recognise Moroccan sovereignty on Western Sahara". Sahara Press Service (SPS). 22 June 2004. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Denmark promises to support Western Sahara". Afrika Kontakt. 26 January 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Denmark closes embassy in Morocco". Morocco-Denmark (via ArabicNews). 29 December 1999. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "Marie på egen hånd i Marokko". D.R. 11 November 2008. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  12. ^ "Rabat : Moroccans stage sit-in to protest Prophet blasphemous cartoons". Morocco Times. 2 February 2006. Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  13. ^ International law in historical perspective: publ. of the Inst. for... (11). 1972. p. 242. ISBN 90-286-0022-1. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  14. ^ International Court of Justice (1953). Case concerning rights of nationals of the United States of America in Morocco (France v. United States of America): judgment of August 27th, 1952. International Court of Justice. p. 269. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  15. ^ "Agreement on economic and technical co-operation. Signed at Rabat on 9 December 1976". 1040,1-15655 (15655). 9 December 1976. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  16. ^ "Morocco, Denmark sign investments agreement". 24 May 2003. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  17. ^ "Morocco, Denmark sign oil prospecting agreement". Asia Africa Intelligence Wire. 19 April 2004. Retrieved 29 December 2011.