The United States does not believe South Sudan’s former first Vice President Riek Machar should return to post.
The U.S special envoy to South Sudan, Donald Booth told a U.S. House of Representatives hearing that with the continuing instability in the country, it would not be wise for Machar to return.
Booth however said that should not ‘‘become a justification for President Kiir to monopolize power and stifle dissenting political voices”.
During the hearing, several U.S. lawmakers called for international sanctions to be imposed on individuals blamed for the ongoing violence.
Donald Booth described growing anti-American sentiment in South Sudan but said it was not clear whether an attack on U.S. Embassy vehicles on July 7 had targeted Americans.
Meanwhile the United Nations says it has found more than 100 fighters loyal to Machar “in extremely bad shape” in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The group was discovered near the border and have been evacuated by helicopter to receive medical treatment.