US Secretary of State John Kerry meets African ministers on South Sudan violence


US Secretary of State John Kerry has today held a meeting in Nairobi with six minsters from various African nations to discuss ways of preventing South Sudan from sliding back into civil war.

Kerry is in Kenya on his two-nation African tour that will also see him visit Nigeria.

The Secretary of State met with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the country’s State House before meeting ministers from Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania and Djibouti.

Among other agenda expected to have been discussed in the meeting is the deployment of a 4,000-strong protection force in the capital Juba, as part of the United Nations peacekeeping force.

Heavy fighting erupted in South Sudan last month, killing close to 300 people and forcing thousands others to flee to neighbouring countries.

Riek Machar fled the capital with his troops, and is now said to be in a neighbouring country.

President Salva Kiir then replaced Machar with Taban Deng as the first vice president, a move that has received international criticism.