The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has forwarded a copy of the Ethiopian letter to the president of the UNSC.
"This serious development reveals once more Ethiopia’s ill intention and its insistence on taking unilateral measures to force a fait accompli [by] filling and operating the Renaissance Dam without an agreement that takes into account the interests of the three countries and limits the damages of this dam on the two downstream countries," the foreign ministry said.
The ministry said it expects the Ethiopian measure will "increase the state deadlock and tension in the region, and will create a threatening situation to security and peace at the regional and international levels."
Egypt “categorically rejects” the commencement of the second filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam’s (GERD) reservoir, of which Ethiopia notified Egypt .
The step by Ethiopia could escalate tensions with downstream countries Egypt and Sudan, who have raised the GERD issue with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), which is set to convene to discuss the issue this week.