Bilateral relations Switzerland–the Comoros

Bilateral relations between the two countries are not particularly intense. But possible ways to strengthen relations are being considered, particularly in the area of scholarships and support to non-governmental organisations.

Key aspects of diplomatic relations

Since 2007, the Swiss Ambassador in Antananarivo, Madagascar, has also been accredited to Moroni. In April 2012, contacts took place between the Swiss Ambassador and the Minister of Foreign Relations and Cooperation, the President of the National Assembly, the President of the Autonomous Island of Grande Comore, several parliamentarians and the Diplomatic Adviser to the President of the Union of the Comoros with a view to deepening relations between the two countries.

Cooperation in the domain of education

Scholars and artists from the Comoros can apply to the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships.

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships

Peacebuilding and human security

The Swiss Embassy in Antananarivo has also decided to extend, as of 2013, its provision of funding for small-scale development and human rights protection activities to non-governmental organisations based in the Comoros.

Swiss nationals in the Comoros

12 Swiss citizens are registered with the Embassy in Antananarivo as permanent residents of the Comoros (2015). Swiss nationals visit the Comoros for tourism or on behalf of relief agencies and projects carried out by non-governmental organisations.

History of bilateral relations

Two years after the Union of the Comoros gained independence in 1975, Switzerland established diplomatic relations with the new state. From 1977 to 2007, the Swiss Embassy in Tanzania was responsible for relations with the Comoros.

Entry in the Historical Dictionary of Switzerland (de, fr, it)