Comoros - Foreign policy

Building up the Comoran economy will not be an easy task and will largely depend on the support of the international community, namely international financial institutions and donors. It will also depend on local trade. In 2002 though, Madagascar suspended its cattle trade with Comoros, among other nations, forcing the two countries to enter negotiations. Although Azali seems to be popular among Comorans and his election as federal president seems endorsed by the African Union, the Azali administration remains faced with the daunting challenge of winning wide international recognition and legitimacy and securing vitally needed International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank assistance. In a step towards that direction, France resumed military cooperation with Comoros in September of 2002. France had suspended the defense pact after the 1999 coup d'état.

In February 2003, Azali joined other African heads of state at a summit meeting of the African Union (formerly known as the Organization of African Unity) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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