ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has approved the recognition of Republic of South Sudan as the new independent country. In a message to the President of the Republic of South Sudan, the Prime Minister has conveyed heartiest felicitations on behalf of the people and the Government of Pakistan to the people and Government of South Sudan and expressed best wishes for the success in nation-building efforts as well as in socio-economic development of South Sudan. The Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani conveyed Pakistan looks forward to working closely with South Sudanese Government.