Washington - US President Barack Obama on Tuesday authorised the release of $60m in military aid for the strife-torn Central African Republic, a White House statement said.
The White House said the aid would be funnelled to France, the African Union and other countries contributing forces to an international coalition in the Central African Republic, where sectarian bloodletting has left hundreds dead.
The aid announcement comes one day after Obama appealed for calm in the country, calling for the arrests of those behind the violence.
He said the country had previously seen harmony, living "together in peace - as diverse and vibrant communities, Christian and Muslim".
"But the awful violence of recent days threatens the country you love," he said, urging people to "choose a different path".
Muslim and Christian leaders "are calling for calm and peace. I call on the transitional government to join these voices and to arrest those who are committing crimes", Obama said.
France has deployed 1 600 soldiers to the unstable majority-Christian country, which was plunged into chaos when the mainly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power in a March coup.