Egypt sends medical aid to Sudan for fight against COVID-19

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A Sudanese man is seen wearing a face mask in Khartoum, Sudan, on March 14, 2020. Sudan's Health Ministry on Friday announced the death of a Sudanese citizen infected with COVID-19. (Photo by Mohamed Khidir/Xinhua)
A Sudanese man is seen wearing a face mask in Khartoum, Sudan, on March 14, 2020. Sudan's Health Ministry on Friday announced the death of a Sudanese citizen infected with COVID-19. (Photo by Mohamed Khidir/Xinhua)

Egypt sent on Monday four military planes loaded with medical supplies and medicines to Sudan to help the neighboring state with its battle against COVID-19, the Egyptian presidency said in a statement.

The medical aid was sent under instructions of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to show solidarity with Sudan in its confrontation of the novel coronavirus amid a shortage of necessary medicines and protective medical supplies, according to the statement.

Until Sunday night, Egypt, the most populous Arab state, confirmed total 6,465 COVID-19 cases including 429 deaths, while Sudan reported 678 cases with a death toll of 41.

Egypt and Sudan are the two downstream countries among a dozen of African states along the Nile River.

Over the past few years, Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have been engaged in tripartite negotiations on the rules of filling and operating a grand hydropower dam being built by upstream Ethiopia on their shared Nile River, but talks have been fruitless so far. Enditem

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