U.S. Relations With Comoros

Bureau of African Affairs
Fact Sheet
December 2, 2016

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.


The United States established diplomatic relations with the Comoros in 1977, following its 1975 independence from France. The United States and the 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 the Comoros and enhancing its maritime security. The United States does not maintain an embassy in the Comoros. The U.S. Ambassador in Madagascar is also accredited to the Comoros.

U.S. Assistance to Comoros

U.S. security assistance to the Comoros focuses on training its military and security forces and developing a maritime defense force. The Peace Corps re-established a presence in the Comoros in 2015, and a State Department English Language Fellow has managed English-language programs for a variety of local audiences.

Bilateral Economic Relations

The Comoros is eligible for preferential trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The United States receives a growing percentage of the 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 (COMESA), of which the Comoros is a member.

Comoros Membership in International Organizations

The Comoros and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, and World Bank. The Comoros also is an observer to the World Trade Organization, and is a member of the African Union, Francophonie, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Arab League, and the Indian Ocean Commission.

Bilateral Representation

The U.S. Ambassador to Madagascar also is accredited to the Comoros. The current U.S. Ambassador to Madagascar is Robert T. Yamate. Other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

The 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 the 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