July 9th, 2011
08:07 AM ET

U.S. recognizes South Sudan

The United States recognizes South Sudan as a sovereign and independent state, U.S. President Barack Obama said Saturday.

"After so much struggle by the people of South Sudan, the United States of America welcomes the birth of a new nation," Obama said in a statement. "Today is a reminder that after the darkness of war, the light of a new dawn is possible. A proud flag flies over Juba and the map of the world has been redrawn."

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    THEY musta discovered some oil or diamonds...and gonna cut us a deal..?

    July 9, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |

    i wanna goto juba and play my tuba...

    July 9, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mmmmm

    Congratulations! South Sudan! May God bless your country and all its benefactors.

    July 9, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. ignernt

    US recognizes them? They all look the same to me.

    July 9, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |

    "The United States recognizes South Sudan as a sovereign and independent state, U.S. President Barack Obama said Saturday"
    SEE obama was able to recongnize em...

    July 9, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    We'll see if we recognize the Palestinian state that quickly when the UN General Assembly gathers for the declaration come September.
    It took US four minutes to recognize the Zionist State of Israel in 1948 when it was declared unilaterally.

    July 9, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |

    whats a Zionist?

    July 9, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. HRH banasy



    July 9, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ HRH banasy:
    With my humble duty,
    I used your copyrighted expression yesterday.
    So what do I owe you?
    I have the honour to remain,

    July 9, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat2u

    How do you recognize a country ? I guess it's like-– Oh yeah, I remember meeting you at Joes' party last year.

    July 9, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Naw–look for a boot shape, or an ice cream cone. That's a start.

    July 9, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. HRH banasy


    I saw that!
    I laughed my ass off.
    I will let you use it for nothing.
    You have brought me many hours of enjoyment with your posts.
    There *is* honor amongst thieves.

    July 9, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. arnold

    Is that near south alabama? There are a bunch of jiggs there too.

    July 9, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. HRH banasy

    Oh look! There's Madagascar!

    July 9, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. arnold

    I and my wife Cora went to Chicago on vaction last year. While taking a day tour we came upon a herd of wild kneegrow. Everyone in out tour group took many photos. The guide told us Kneegrow can be very dangerous when in packs of 3 or more. It was an exfillerating experience.

    July 9, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      Can you spell JERK ? Look in the dictionary and you'll see your picture next to the word !!!!

      July 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
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