Chargé d’Affaires Amy J. Hyatt led a delegation of U.S. Embassy personnel to Grande Comore (Ngazidja) from February 27 to March 2. She was accompanied by officials representing the U.S. Embassy’s political, economic, security, management, and public affairs offices. Through this official visit, Chargé Hyatt and the U.S. delegation sought to further strengthen relations between the United States and Comoros, explore new opportunities for cooperation, and advance our shared goal of a more prosperous future for all Comorian people.
Building on several recent U.S. Embassy delegation visits to Comoros in 2021, the U.S. delegation continued to engage on the issues of trade and investment, public health, education, human rights and democracy, environmental protection and sustainable tourism, and maritime security. On February 28, the Chargé attended the opening ceremony of the National Dialogue. She also awarded an 8,000 USD grant to the Comoros Young Africa Leaders Initiative (YALI) Alumni Chapter to launch of Comores Positif a youth-oriented English-language newspaper that will be distributed for free to promote the English language in Comoros, provide youth-oriented news from Comoros and the world, and publicize opportunities for Comorian youth in education, civic engagement, environmental protection, and economic development.
On March 1, Chargé Hyatt announced that the U.S. government will donate 160,000 free doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine through COVAX. These doses scheduled to arrive in March and April will enable the vaccination of children ages 12-to-17 years old, a demographic currently ineligible for vaccination in Comoros. Chargé Hyatt said, “I commend the Government of Comoros’s efforts to vaccinate its citizens and applaud the fact that over 30 percent of Comorians have already been vaccinated. That number will go up significantly thanks to this COVAX donation and it will help make Comoros a model across Africa for how responsible leadership, together with cooperation with international partners like the United States, WHO, UNICEF, and others, can make a tremendous difference.”
Chargé Hyatt met with President Azali, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dhoihir Dhoulkamal, and Minister of Economy Mze Abdou Mohamed Chanfiou with whom she exchanged views on a wide range of issues and explored opportunities for expanded cooperation. The Chargé also met with the Minister of Education Djaffar Salim to discuss opportunities to strengthen English language instruction in Comoros.