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EU's Ashton has two hours of talks with Mursi

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 01:35

July 30 - EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton talks ''in depth'' with ousted President Mursi as she shuttles between Egypt's political factions. Lily Grimes reports.

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Europe's top diplomat is back in Egypt, helping to mediate an end to its political crisis. Late on Monday she met ousted President Mohamed Mursi, the first time an outsider has seen him since the army overthrew his government on July 3. Catherine Ashton said on Tuesday they talked for two hours including on what she called the ''need to move forward.'' (SOUNDBITE) (English) EU FOREIGN POLICY CHIEF, CATHERINE ASHTON, SAYING: "All of the people that I've been talking with are absolutely aware that this great country has to move forward. And has to do so in an inclusive way and I've urged everyone to think very carefully about how you include everybody in the process. Because it's of enormous importance that what I call building deep democracy continues: civilian government going forward, elections, if that is what is decided, everyone participating..." Ashton spent Monday shuttling between the political factions - seen here with the activist group that led protests against Mursi - and later with Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood backers. She also met the army general who removed Mursi from office. In the meantime, the former president's supporters remain on the streets of Cairo, demanding his reinstatement. Analysts say Ashton's leverage in Egypt is limited since the U.S. is Egypt's chief Western backer and source of military hardware. But the EU has been working on mediation for six months, and Egyptians have grown increasingly suspicious of the U.S.

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EU's Ashton has two hours of talks with Mursi

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 01:35