Bureau of African Affairs
Fact Sheet
November 8, 2013


More information about Comoros is available on the Comoros Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.

U.S.-COMOROS RELATIONS

The United States established diplomatic relations with Comoros in 1977, following its 1975 independence from France. The United States and Comoros enjoy friendly relations. The United States seeks to help counter piracy and terrorism in the Indian Ocean region through maintaining a strong bilateral relationship with Comoros and enhancing its maritime security. The United States does not maintain an embassy in Comoros. The U.S. Chargé d’Affaires in Madagascar is also accredited to Comoros.

U.S. Assistance to Comoros

U.S. security assistance to Comoros focuses on training its military and security forces and developing a maritime defense force. The Peace Corps is considering re-establishing a presence in Comoros, and a State Department English Language Fellow has managed English-language programs for a variety of local audiences.

Bilateral Economic Relations

Comoros is eligible for preferential trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act. The United States receives a growing percentage of Comoros exports but supplies only a negligible fraction of its imports. The United States has signed a trade and investment framework agreement with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, of which Comoros is a member.

Comoros Membership in International Organizations

Comoros and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, and World Bank. Comoros also is an observer to the World Trade Organization.

Bilateral Representation

The U.S. Ambassador to Madagascar also is accredited to Comoros. There currently is no U.S. Ambassador to Madagascar; the U.S. Charge d'Affaires is Eric Wong. Other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Comoros has no embassy in Washington, DC, but has a permanent representative to the United Nations in New York who also is accredited as ambassador to the United States.

More information about Comoros is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Comoros Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Comoros Page
U.S. Embassy: Madagascar
History of U.S. Relations With Comoros
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Library of Congress Country Studies
Travel and Business Information

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