18 July 2013

Egypt: EU Underlines Support for Egyptians

EU Political and Economic Commissioner Catherine Ashton has stressed the importance of having an all out political process including all democracy supporting groups in Egypt.

Ashton, who is currently visiting Cairo, said the EU will support the Egyptian people in their endeavors for establishing a better future of genuine democracy and economic growth.

Ashton met on Wednesday 17/7/2013 Interim President Adly Mansour with whom she discussed the steps taken in the field of democratic transition, drafting the constitution, holding parliamentary and presidential elections.

Ashton also met vice President Dr Mohamed el-Baradei with whom she discussed efforts to achieve a national reconciliation.

On the other side, First Deputy Premier and Defense Minister General Abdel-Fatah el-Sisi had talks on Wednesday with Ashton on the latest political developments in Egypt and a number of other issues of mutual interest.

The meeting, attended by some Armed Forces commanders and the EU ambassador, also took up means of boosting Egypt-EU cooperation.

On the other hand, Ashton met leaderships of Moslem Brotherhood. The meeting was attended by Mohamed Ali Bishr and Amr Darrag.

Meantime, the Moslem Brotherhood renewed rejection to enter into any negotiations on national reconciliation before the return of isolated President Mohamed Morsi to rule.

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