South Sudan, a new member of the East African Community (EAC) is set to open its embassy in Dar es Salaam, a senior Tanzanian official said. Tanzania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Augustine Mahiga said that leaders of the youngest African nation expressed the need to strengthen bilateral relations with Tanzania. Last week, EAC Heads of State decided to welcome South Sudan into the bloc. Chairman of the EAC and Tanzanian President John Magufuli said the decision was based on intensive deliberations by the EAC Council of Ministers which had a week-long closed-door meeting on the subject. South Sudan gained independence from Sudan on July 9, 2011 as the outcome of a 2005 agreement that ended Africa’s longest-running civil war.
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