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South Sudan: declares its independence, celebrates, & World Recognizes, new diplomatic ties + MORE NEWS

Saturday, July 16, 2011

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Egypt recognizes independence of South Sudan 

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CAIRO, July 9 (Xinhua) — Egypt officially recognized the establishment of the Republic of South Sudan, Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed el-Orabi said on Saturday upon his arrival in Juba to attend the independence celebration, official MENA news agency reported.

Orabi arrived with a high-profile Egyptian delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Yehia el-Gamal, and handed over Egypt’s formal letter of recognition of South Sudan.

Egypt will continue its role in bringing closer viewpoints to settle outstanding north-south issues, the delegation asserted.

Orabi also met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of the ceremony and discussed with him means to achieve stability and development in North and South Sudan.

The Republic of South Sudan declared independence Saturday, waiting to be recognized as the 193rd member of the UN and hoping to keep peace with the north after decades of war.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, Ban Ki-moon and representatives from the Arab League (AL), the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) are expected to speak at the ceremony.

In a statement on Saturday, the Cairo-based AL asserted that South Sudan has the right to join the pan-Arab organization as a full member, adding it depends on the political will of the new leadership in South Sudan to join the AL.

The statement said the AL is confident that the North and South Sudan would continue their relations within the framework of constructive cooperation and common factors and interests joining the two neighborly countries.

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 Bashir calls for positive relation with independent South Sudan 

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JUBA, July 9 (Xinhua) — Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said Khartoum recognized South Sudan after the African country declared its independence on Saturday, asserting “the will of the people of the south must be respected.”

“We congratulate our brothers in the South on the occasion of the establishment of their new state,” the president said.

Bashir pointedly called in his speech marking the independency ceremony for building positive and distinguishing relations and ties binding Sudan and South Sudan.

The Sudanese leader paid tribute to John Garang, the late rebel leader who signed the peace deal with the north, which paved the way for the nationhood.

Bashir also praised mediatory efforts have been exerting by African countries and the international community.

He called U.S. President Barack Obama, who said the U.S. formally recognized the new state, to lift sanctions imposed on Sudan.

Bashir arrived in Juba earlier Saturday to join a host of heads of state and foreign dignitaries and officials, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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