South Sudan President Salva Kiir with Susan Rice, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations. The state of Sudan is threatened with partition after the South held a referendum on its future in January 2011., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
The US formally recognizes South Sudan, world’s newest nation
By Associated Press
Saturday, July 9, 7:55 AM
WASHINGTON — The United States is recognizing the Republic of South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, as a sovereign and independent state.
President Barack Obama says the achievement is a tribute to the generations of southern Sudanese who “struggled for this day.”
South Sudan became an independent nation on Saturday. Millions of people died in the civil wars that spanned more than 50 years as the black African tribes from the south battled the mainly Arab north for independence. The warring sides reached a peace deal in 2005.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in a statement that the U.S. will remain a “steadfast partner” as South Sudan seeks to build a free, democratic and inclusive society.