WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama announced early that the United States formally recognized the newly-created Republic of South Sudan.
“I am proud to declare that the United States formally recognizes the Republic of South Sudan as a sovereign and independent state upon this day, July 9, 2011,” the president said in a statement.
Also the British govt recognised South Sudan after the African country declared its independenc.
Prime Minister David Cameron said. “Today the Republic of South Sudan becomes independent, and the world’s newest country,” said Cameron in a statement.
“This is an historic day, for South Sudan and the whole of Africa.”
Britain was proud to be “among the first to recognise South Sudanese independence,” he said.
“We welcome South Sudan into the community of nations and look forward to building ever stronger links between the UK and South Sudan in the months and years ahead.”
South Sudan’s independence is coming after more than 50 years of conflict between the southern rebels and successive Khartoum governments that left the region in ruins, millions of people dead and a legacy of mutual mistrust.
The 2005 comprehensive peace agreement (CPA) that finally ended the conflict, and which was signed under intense pressure from foreign countries, particularly the United States, Britain and Norway, paved the way for a referendum on southern independence in January.
Around 99 percent of southerners voted to split from the north.