(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) US Secretary of State John Kerry said he is sending a special envoy to South Sudan to help foster dialogue between opposing factions in the violence-wracked nation.
"Now is the time for South Sudan's leaders to rein in armed groups under their control, immediately cease attacks on civilians, and end the chain of retributive violence between different ethnic and political groups," Kerry said, as he announced plans to dispatch Ambassador Donald Booth, his special envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, to the region on Friday.
The US has deployed 45 troops to the violence-wracked country to protect US personnel and interests. US Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday he was sending a special envoy to South Sudan to help foster dialogue between opposing factions in the violence-wracked nation.
President Barack Obama earlier called for an immediate end to the fighting in South Sudan, warning the country stands at the "precipice" of civil war. Obama warned that "recent fighting threatens to plunge South Sudan back into the dark days of its past."