Foreign Secretary William Hague has congratulated the African Union and the people of South Sudan on a "historic day" as South Sudan is admitted to the African Union.
Speaking today the Foreign Secretary said:
“I welcome the announcement by the African Union that South Sudan has been admitted as its 54th member state. Following accession to the UN, this is a further demonstration of South Sudan taking its rightful place among the international community. I congratulate both the African Union and the people of South Sudan on this historic day.
“The UK looks forward to working with South Sudan as a member of the African Union. We will continue to support South Sudan in its efforts to ensure lasting peace and development for all of the South Sudanese people.”