The governments of Israel and South Sudan announced Thursday the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The announcement was simultaneously announced in Israel and in South Sudan's capital, Juba, Channel 10 news reported.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, whose office worked on establishing sound relations between the two nations, said of the development "The cooperation between the two countries will be based on solid foundations, relations of equality and mutual respect."

Earlier Thursday, South Sudan also became the 54th member of the African Union.

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