The two countries are suspending tripartite negotiations with Ethiopia over its multi-billion-dollar dam on the Blue Nile for more internal consultations on a new draft of filling guidelines.
The pandemic has temporarily derailed the African Continental Free Trade Area, one the continent's most exciting prospects.
Egypt and Sudan view the dam as a threat to vital water supplies, while Ethiopia considers it essential for its electrification and development.
The countries decided to restart stalled negotiations and finalise an agreement over the contentious mega-project within two to three weeks, with support from the African Union.
The entire continent's promising outlook for 2020 will have to be revised.
The virus has killed more than 80,000 people and has spread to 209 countries and territories. Here are the latest updates for April 7:
The continent's economy could shrink up to 1.1 percent this year, trade could fall 35 percent from 2019 levels, and oil producers, tourist destinations will be hit hard, a study by African Union says.
The UN’s most powerful body has been meeting by video because of Covid-19, which has hit New York City, where the UN has its headquarters, exceedingly hard.
As countries around the world struggle to contain the coronavirus pandemic, aid groups warn that without measures millions could die in low-income countries and war zones.
The United Nations Security Council will meet on March 26 to decide whether or not to gradually withdraw by the end of October some 7,800 troops, known as the "Blue Helmets," from the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).
Senior AU official says decision taken because militant "threat is expanding" in Sahel, a semi-arid strip below Africa's Sahara desert.
Somali presidential spokesman Abdinur Mohamed confirms meeting, saying "It was behind closed doors and no communique is being released. It was an ice-breaking one."
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