ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani on Friday approved the recognition of Republic of South Sudan by Pakistan.
The United Nations General Assembly added the candidacy of South Sudan as the 193rd member state after it declared independence from Sudan on July 9. So far 88 countries have accorded recognition to the newest independent country.
In a message to the President of the Republic of South Sudan, the Prime Minister conveyed heartiest felicitations on behalf of the people and the government of Pakistan.
He expressed best wishes for success in nation building efforts as well as in socio-economic development of South Sudan.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan looked forward to working closely with the South Sudanese government both at bilateral and multilateral fora to advance shared objectives of peace, prosperity and development of peoples of both the countries.
South Sudan’s independence comes after more than 50 years of conflict between the southern rebels and successive Khartoum governments.
The 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that finally ended the conflict, and which was signed under intense pressure from foreign countries, particularly the US, Britain and Norway, paved the way for a referendum on southern independence in January.
Around 99 per cent of southerners voted to split from the north.