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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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The President of the United Comoros Republic expressed heartfelt thanks and respect to HRH the Premier for his noble feelings, wishing him abundant health and happiness and more progress and prosperity to the Bahraini people.
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- Union of Comoros Republic severs diplomatic relations with Iran.
Ikililou Dhoinine of United Comoros Republic; President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi of Republic of Yemen; Moroccan Prime Minister Abdulilah Benkirane; Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Housing and Land and Minister of Islamic Affairs and Hajj of the Republic of Mauritius Shaukat Sudhn; Prince Faisal bin Al-Hussein; Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Hareb Al-Busaidi, Minister responsible for Defense Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman; Commander of the Armed Forces of Malaysia Zu Al-Kifli Mohammed Zain; Minister of Defense and National Security of Maldives Adam Sharif; Commander of Armed Forces of Brunei Major General Baheen Muhammad Tawih; Turkish Minister of National Defense Ismet Yilmaz; and Minister and Personal Representative of the President of Republic of Tunisia Al-Azhar Al-Karoui Chebbi.
Moroni, Jan.14 (BNA): The United Comoros Republic today severed diplomatic relations with Iran, adding that the decision took effect yesterday.