Egypt says it recognizes new state of South Sudan

By REUTERS
July 9, 2011 12:47

 
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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.

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