Tanzania will send troops to South Sudan as part of the United Nations peacekeeping mission, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Bernard Membe announced Thursday (February 20th).
Speaking to journalists in Dar es Salaam, Membe said one battalion would be sent to Juba, the capital of South Sudan, in late April, Tanzania's The Citizen reported. He said the decision to send troops was in response to a request from the United Nations.
"Our country is dedicated to bringing peace and harmony in the continent and beyond, so we are gladly sending one battalion to restore peace as per the UN's request," Membe said.
Membe appealed to parties fighting in South Sudan to work towards negotiating a peaceful solution to the conflict, Tanzania's Daily News reported.
The mobilisation of troops marks a further extension of Tanzanian peacekeeping efforts, in addition to troops it currently has stationed in Darfur, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Lebanon.