The UK is planning to send around 300 troops to South Sudan to carry out engineering work to strengthen the country’s infrastructure as part of the UK’s plans to deploy hundreds of troops in several African countries.
The plan to deploy troops to the country where thousands of people have been killed as a result of a bloody civil war since December 2013, was announced by the British prime minister David Cameron at a United Nations event in September last year.
The UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said the deployment of the troops was ‘another demonstration of the flexibility and global reach of our armed forces’.
South Sudan is trying to recover from the effects of the war, with political rivals President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar agreeing to work together under a government of national unity, the latter is serving as First Vice President.
Meanwhile, a team of the 10 British soldiers has arrived in Somalia to support the African Union peacekeeping efforts against the al-Shabab militant group.
The group is expected to be joined by an additional 60 soldiers who will handle medical, logistical and engineering duties.
The Africa Union (AU) mission has deployed about 22,000 peacekeepers from Uganda, Burundi, Djibouti, Kenya and Ethiopia to help Somali government forces stabilise the country.