Egypt has approached Ethiopia for a critical explanation on whether it had begun filling its Grand Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
It was Cairo's first official response after Ethiopia's water serve said before in the day that Addis Ababa had started the filling, a day after talks with Sudan and Egypt, which both rely upon Nile water, got halted.
"The development of the dam and the filling of the water go inseparably," Ethiopian Water Minister Seleshi Bekele said in broadcast remarks, a transcript of which was given to Reuters by his office. "The filling of the dam doesn't have to hold up until the culmination of the dam."
The water level had expanded from 525 meters to 560 meters, he said.
On Tuesday, talks between the three countries to manage the progression of water from the dam neglected to agree.