Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 

Ethiopia has said U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s advise to Ethiopia not to fill the dam before an agreement was” ill-advised”.

Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew made the remark in a press conference with Water Minister Seleshi Bekele at the Prime Minister’s office on Tuesday amid escalating tension between Ethiopia and Egypt since last Friday.

On Feb. 28, a week after the latest round of talks on Ethiopia’s $5-billion dam on the Nile, Mnuchin issued a statement that the country should not start filling its dam as planned in July before all three countries — Sudan, Egypt and

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