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Official name: Union of the Comoros

Capital city: Moroni

Internet country code: .km

Flag description: Four equal horizontal bands of yellow (top), white, red, and blue with a green isosceles triangle based on the hoist; centered within the triangle is a white crescent with the convex side facing the hoist and four white, five-pointed stars placed vertically in a line between the points of the crescent; the horizontal bands and the four stars represent the four main islands of the archipelago - Mwali, Njazidja, Nzwani, and Mahore (Mayotte - territorial collectivity of France, but claimed by Comoros); the crescent, stars, and color green are tradi­tional symbols of Islam

National anthem: “Udzima Wamasiwa” (Union des Óles), lyrics by Said Hachim Sidi Abderemane, music by Kamil­dine Abdallah et Said Hachim Sidi Abderemane

Geographical description: Southern Africa, group of islands at the northern mouth of the Mozambique Chan­nel, about two-thirds of the way between northern Mada­gascar and northern Mozambique

Total area: 838 sq. mi. (2,171 sq. km.)

Climate: Tropical marine; rainy season (November to May)

Nationality: noun: Comoran(s); adjective: Comoran

Population: 711,417 (July 2007 CIA est.)

Ethnic groups: Antalote, Cafre, Makoa, Oimatsaha, Sakalava

Languages spoken: Arabic (official), French (official), Shikomoro (a blend of Swahili and Arabic)

Religions: Sunni Muslim 98%, Roman Catholic 2%

Legal Holidays:

Cheikh Al Maarouf DayMar 18
Independence DayJul 6
Journee Nationale MaoreNov 12
Labor DayMay 1
New Year's DayJan 1
Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary, Fourth Edition. © 2010 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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He stressed the readiness of Comoros to cooperate with Sudan in the economic and trade exchange fields via official channels, indicating that his country is ready to cooperate with Sudan and to open a market for the Sudanese products and exports.
Houmed Msaidie, a former Comoros interior minister who was in office when some of the passports were issued, said he suspected some Iranians were "trying to use Comoros to get around sanctions." He said he had pushed for further checks before passports were granted to foreigners, but did not elaborate.
Comoros was named as moon islands by arabic mariners and also named perfume islands by european countries because of being plenty various scented plant as honeysuckle,orchide and gardenia .
The Department of Mayotte is part of the four islands that make up Comoros. The Comorian government blocked the entry of the deportees, claiming that Mayotte is part of its sovereignty.
The small Island of Comoros was admitted as a new member of SADC at the 37th SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government meeting in Pretoria, South Africa in August last year.
The Comoros is eligible for preferential trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
The message was received by Yousef bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs when he received at the General Diwan of the Foreign Ministry today Mohamed Ali Soilih, Vice-President of the Union of the Comoros, Envoy of the Comoros President.
Abidjan: Development institutions and power companies responded to a call made by the Union of the Comoros and the African Development Bank (AfDB) to attend a High-Level Consultation, which took place at the AfDB's headquarters in Abidjan.
Kuwait City: Tens of thousands of stateless people in Kuwait will be offered citizenship of the African nation of Comoros to end their decades-old problem, the government said on Sunday.
President of the Comoros Islands, Dr Ikililou Dhoinine has named a hospital built in the Comoros capital city, Moroni, after President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.