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Ashton pressured Morsi to accept coup: Brotherhood figure

Senior Muslim Brotherhood figure Mohamed El-Beltagy says EU policy Catherine Ashton tried to persuade Morsi to accept his ouster during a Tuesday meeting

Ahram Online, Tuesday 30 Jul 2013
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Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, (Photos: Reuters).
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Ousted president Mohamed Morsi has declined an EU-brokered attempt to persuade him to accept his removal by the military and acknowledge Egypt’s new government, according to a senior Muslim Brotherhood figure.

The deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, Mohamed El-Beltagy, told Anadolu news agency that Morsi has rejected "pressure to accept his removal and acknowledge the coup” from European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

Ashton has reportedly met Morsi – currently held incommunicado by the military –on Tuesday during a visit to Cairo. Earlier this week rights lawyers met with Rifaa El-Tahtawi, an aide of the ousted president who is detained with him, and confirmed that he has not been allowed to communicate with the outside world.

Ashton told reporters she had a "friendly discussion for two hours” with Morsi.

She also insisted that she did not come to Egypt to "tell Egyptians what to do."

Brotherhood figure Morsi was removed by army chief and Minister of Defence Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on 3 July following mass protests demanding the elected president's resignation.

Morsi's supporters continue to hold sit-ins and protests demanding his reinstatement. The Brotherhood and allies have refused negotiations until he is returned to office.

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Mike
01-08-2013 07:15am
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Unlikely
I doubt this group has any information since Morsi is being held "incommunicado" which renders these above claims as lies and misinformation.
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MPA2000
03-08-2013 12:01am
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Of course
If they speculate, then the EU will have to make an official statement to refute it.
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Jon
31-07-2013 01:16am
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Home made chaos
Unfortunately, many Egyptians are preoccupied with speculation about which foreign powers are behind the current, entirely home made mess. The USA, Saudi-Arabia, Hamas, Quatar and naturally Israel are among the suspects. I think the EU honestly is trying to help. I think Cathrine Ashton speaks the complete truth when she says she has not come to tell Egyptians what to do. That she would have put pressure on Morsi to accept his removal from the presidental chair is thus highly unlikely.
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