Israel and the new country of South Sudan decided to establish diplomatic relations at ambassadorial level as of Thursday.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry officially announced that:
The Government of the State of Israel and the Government of the Republic of South Sudan,
Guided by the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1963,
Desirous to promote and strengthen ties of friendship and cooperation between their countries and peoples, on the basis of equality, mutual respect and non interference in the internal affairs of one another,
Have decided to establish diplomatic relations at ambassadorial level as of today.
The practical aspects of this decision, including the accreditation of ambassadors, will be pursued through diplomatic channels.
South Sudan broke away from Sudan after a protracted war between Muslims in the northern part country and the Christian/pagan south.