Moroni, Comoros — The Indian Ocean archipelago of the Comoros announced on Monday it would join Southern Africa’s regional bloc in August, saying the French-speaking country sought to develop ties with English-speaking nations. "We want to open the Comoros to English-speaking countries in the region," such as Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, Foreign Minister Mohamed Elamine Souef said. "These are the countries with which we already have long-standing relations, where Comorians go more and more to, for business or for treatment," Souef told reporters in the capital, Moroni. The Comoros — an archipelago of three islands between Mozambique and Madagascar and one of the world’s poorest countries — is already a member of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa. It will be admitted into the Southern African Development Community (Sadc), whose majority members are English-speaking, at the annual Sadc summit in August in Namibia. The bloc comprises Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Repu...

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