Russia's Medvedev congratulates independent South Sudan

9th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday sent a telegramme of congratulations to his counterpart in the world's new nation of South Sudan, the Kremlin announced.

In the message, the Russian leader told the country's President Salva Kiir that the establishment of "good neighbourly relations" between South Sudan and Sudan will allow "the strengthening of peace in central and eastern African", the Kremlin statement said.

Medvedev also expressed interest in the vast oil reserves in South Sudan.

"The Russian business world has expressed a strong interest in working with their South Sudanese partners, notably in developing and extracting its natural resources," he said.

South Sudan proclaimed its independence from Khartoum earlier Saturday after more than 50 years of conflict, splitting in two what had been Africa's largest country.

© 2011 AFP

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