The 18th Extraordinary Summit of the East African Community (EAC) Heads of State due to be held on Wednesday has been postponed.
EAC chairman President Paul Kagame of Rwanda had called the meeting to deliberate on the regional response to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, EAC Secretary General Liberat Mfumukeko, on Wednesday said the summit, expected be held via a video conferencing, had been postponed to a later date at the request of South Sudanese President Salva Kiir.
“The 18th Extraordinary Summit had been called by chairperson Paul Kagame, specifically to exchange on the regional response against Covid-19, including its fiscal, economic and social consequences on the Community,” Mr Mfumukeko said in the statement.
Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs minister and chairman of the EAC Council of Ministers, Vincent Biruta, said a new date would be set for the extraordinary summit.
The forum has been postponed before. South Sudan sought the deferment of the summit slated for February 29 as it was engaged in finalizing the formation a transitional government of national unity.