An army official in South Sudan says the new country wants to contribute troops to United Nations and African Union peacekeeping missions.
Army spokesman Col. Philip Aguer said late Monday that the new army will "will be ready to go anywhere" after it transforms itself from the rebel force that used to battle north Sudan and into a conventional army.
The U.N. has peacekeeping missions around the world; the AU has missions in Sudan's Darfur region and in Somalia. Few African nations have contributed troops to the 9,000-strong AU force in lawless, dangerous Somalia.
Aguer said sending troops to Somalia is not an immediate possibility.
South Sudan voted for independence in January and became a new country July 9.