New Delhi, July 9 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Saturday greeted the people and government of South Sudan on the occasion of the declaration of the country's independence.
In a letter to President General Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan, Dr Singh applauded the new nation's commitment to addressing all outstanding issues with North Sudan in an amicable and peaceful manner.
"I take this opportunity to convey India's best wishes to Your Excellency and the people of Southern Sudan as you embark on a new journey of nation building and development and greater peace and prosperity in the region," he added.
We applaud your commitment to addressing all outstanding issues with North Sudan in an amicable and peaceful manner," he added.
Dr. Singh further said it marks the successful conclusion of important landmarks spelt out in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2005, including, in particular, the peaceful conduct of the referendum.
He said he was apprised of the comprehensive discussions held in April this year between Dr. Priscilla Kuch and S.M. Krishna, Minister of External Affairs, on important issues of mutual interest.
He recalled that Minister of State for External Affairs, E. Ahamed led a multi-disciplinary delegation to Juba on June 15, 2011 to reiterate India's support and solidarity with the people of Southern Sudan.
Emphasizing that India stands ready to share its development experience and extend whatever assistance possible to Southern Sudan, Dr. Singh said: " I am confident that our cooperation will grow from strength to strength in the coming days for the mutual benefit of our two peoples."
"My prior commitments do not permit me to attend the historic celebrations in Juba. I wish to assure you that India will be represented at the event at a high level," he added.
Oil-rich South Sudan today became the world's newest country, splitting away from Khartoum-ruled north after decades of brutal war that claimed some two million lives. (ANI)