World's newest nation gets new country code

GENEVA - The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has announced that the world's newest nation, the Republic of South Sudan, has been assigned the international dialing code 211, following the country's formal recognition as a UN Member State.

ITU said the South Sudan Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services welcomed the new code, which has particular resonance for South Sudan's citizens as representing the year in which South Sudan gained independence (2011), the date of its referendum (which took place in the first day of the first month of 2011), and a symbol of good fortune.

"A country code may seem like a small thing, but it is a real signifier of sovereignty and independence. We join with the international community in congratulating the government and people of South Sudan on achieving full nationhood," said Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Secretary General, ITU.

The global country code numbering system is defined in an ITU standard known as ITU-T Recommendation E.164. South Sudan's number had been specifically requested following a special Council of Ministers Resolution.