JUBA - Egypt recognized the state of South Sudan on Saturday after its split from the north, Foreign Minister Mohammed el-Orabi said.
Egypt has watched the split warily. It depends on the Nile's water to survive and the creation of South Sudan adds a new state on that river. East African states have argued to review colonial-era quotas for the use of Nile water.
Orabi was speaking after his arrival in Juba, the south's capital, the official Egyptian news agency MENA reported.