Egypt allows EU envoy to see deposed president

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July 31, 2013

(Reuters) – Egypt allowed Europe’s top diplomat to meet deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi on Monday, flying her after dark to Mursi’s secret detention facility but ruling out any role for him in ending the turmoil convulsing the country.

Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, became the first outsider to see Mursi since he was deposed by the army on July 3, taken into detention and placed under investigation on charges including murder.

His fate – and a deadly crackdown by security forces on his supporters – has raised global anxiety about a possible bid to crush Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood, a movement that emerged from decades in the shadows to win power in elections after the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak.

Ashton revealed little about what she called a “friendly, open and very frank” two-hour conversation with the deposed president. An aide said they had “in-depth” talks.

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