EU’s Ashton holds two-hour meeting with Mursi

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EU’s Ashton holds two-hour meeting with Mursi

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton held two hours of talks with Egypt’s deposed president Mohamed Mursi, in custody since shortly after the July 3 coup, her spokeswoman said Tuesday.

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Published: Tue 30 Jul 2013, 1:06 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 5:47 PM

Ashton met Mursi “for two hours,” her spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic told AFP.

In Cairo to discuss the bloody political crisis gripping the Arab world’s most populous state, the political stand-off, Ashton headed off to meet Mursi during the night.

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton speaks during a news conference in Cairo.- Reuters

Sources told AFP that she had left Cairo in a military helicopter for the undisclosed location where Mursi is being held.

On her last visit on July 17, Ashton unsuccessfully requested to meet him and urged his release.

His supporters have rallied daily for his reinstatement and on Monday marched from a key Cairo sit-in to several security headquarters.

Ashton, who arrived in Cairo late Sunday, held talks with a string of officials throughout Monday, including military-installed interim president Adly Mansour, vice president for international affairs Mohamed ElBaradei and army chief General Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.

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