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