9/23/11 (AEIN) South Sudanese President Salva Kiir delivered his first address before the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Friday. He urged other nations to provide South Sudan with aid and described his vision for the country's future.
Acknowledging that South Sudan possesses many valuable natural resources, President Kiir explained that foreign assistance is needed to help develop the infrastructure needed to extract them. He hoped that donors would not seek to dictate government policies.
The President also spoke about the need to establish a diversified economy that will create prosperity through industry, agriculture and petroleum exports. He recognized that the achievement of such goals remained "a tall order" and would not occur quickly.
Located in northeastern Africa, South Sudan became independent from Sudan in July after the majority of its people voted for independence in a referendum. It is the most recent country to join the United Nations and the newest independent nation worldwide.