17 July 2013

Egypt: Interim President to Receive Ashton Today

European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will begin a visit to Egypt on Tuesday where she is expected to meet on Wednesday with Interim President Adly Mansour and Defense Minister General Abdel-Fatah el-Sisi as well as a number of political leaders, according to MENA.

She will be accompanied during her trip by the EU's special representative for North Africa, Bernardino Leon and Stavros Lambrinidis, her human rights envoy.

Ashton is expected to underline to the Egyptian side the EU's support for Egypt's democratic process, diplomatic sources in Cairo said.

Catherine Ashton on Sunday said the European Union is deeply concerned about recent developments in Egypt, calling on the country's interim authorities to put an end to violence and hold new elections soon.

"The EU is following the recent developments in Egypt with deep concern," Ashton said in a statement on behalf of the 28-member bloc. "It is of utmost importance that Egypt returns rapidly to a legitimate government and democratic structures."

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