Foreign Ministry secretary-general Datuk Ramlan Ibrahim and the Moroccan ambassador to Malaysia, Mohammed Reda Benkhaldoun after signing the agreement. Under the new agreement, Malaysian and Moroccan passport holders who are travelling for business or social visits with valid documents are allowed to enter and exit both countries without a visa for a maximum period of 90 days. Bernama Photo

PUTRAJAYA: Morocco and Malaysia have agreed to a partial abolishment of visa requirements for citizens of both countries.

The agreement was signed by Foreign Ministry secretary-general Datuk Ramlan Ibrahim and the Moroccan ambassador to Malaysia, Mohammed Reda Benkhaldoun this morning.

Under the new agreement, Malaysian and Moroccan passport holders who are travelling for business or social visits with valid documents are allowed to enter and exit both countries without a visa for a maximum period of 90 days.

Malaysian passport holders, including diplomatic passport holders, will be able to enter Morocco freely for a maximum period of 90 days, for official or social purposes without the requirement of a visa.

The visa waiver is also applicable to transit passengers travelling through both countries.

In an official statement, the ministry said the agreement is expected to further enhance bilateral relations between the two Muslim countries.

It will also enhance economic, trade, investment and tourism cooperation between both countries.

The agreement will take effect after all requirements have been fulfilled by both countries.

Morocco established diplomatic ties with Malaysia in 1963.

The North African kingdom exports canned fish, food, fertilisers, plastics and chemical products to Malaysia and imports mainly electric and electronic goods from this country.

Bilateral trade between Malaysia and Morocco stood at about US$200-US$300 million (RM712-RM1.06 billion) in 2015.

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