“On South Sudan, there was widespread unanimity about the urgency and severity of the situation on the ground,” the official said.
The official added that if the warring parties do not reach an agreement, they may face additional sanctions and the “possibility of a regional intervention force.”
The official, however, underscored that the United States did propose the idea to establish such a force.
In December 2013, violence erupted in South Sudan when President Salva Kiir accused former Vice President Riek Machar of plotting a coup. Their conflict sparked the ongoing clashes between government forces and rebel groups despite a number of ceasefire agreements.
Earlier on Monday, Obama stated that without a breakthrough by the deadline, the United States will have to consider additional tools to apply pressure on the parties.
President Obama is on his third trip to sub-Saharan Africa as part of a US effort to support peace and counter violent extremism on the continent.
On Monday, the White House announced plans to provide about $465 million in assistance to United States’ African partners.