President Obama appoints new envoy to Sudan and South Sudan

U.S. President Barack Obama recently announced the appointment of Ambassador Donald Booth as the new U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, according to a statement released by the White House.

Obama touted Booth's experience in promoting peace throughout Africa. Booth most recently served as the U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia.

"Ambassador Booth is one of America's most experienced diplomats, with broad experience helping promote peace and prevent conflict across Africa," Obama said. "With his considerable diplomatic talents, deep knowledge of the continent, and unwavering determination, I am confident that Ambassador Booth will advance U.S. interests in pursuing a durable and lasting peace between and within Sudan and South Sudan."

Booth will lead U.S. efforts to press Sudan and South Sudan to implement agreements made on September 27 to resolve outstanding issues related to borders, the Abyei area and the uninterrupted flow of oil. Booth will also spearhead efforts to peacefully resolve the conflicts in Southern Kordofan, Darfur and Blue Nile.

Obama said that when Sudan and South Sudan are able to put their people first, peace will be possible between the two countries.

"Much work remains, but we know that when the governments of Sudan and South Sudan show political courage and put the interests of their people first, peace and progress are possible," Obama said.