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Egypt presidency balks at German FM request to meet Morsi

Guido Westerwelle receives no response from Egyptian authorities to his request for a meeting with deposed president Mohamed Morsi

Ahram Online , Wednesday 31 Jul 2013
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German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, (Photo: Reuters).
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The Egyptian presidency said it had received a request from German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle to meet detained former president Mohamed Morsi, but hinted it might not have the authority to allow such visit, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

In a Wednesday statement, the presidency said it had informed the German foreign minister that "the former president is under investigation and is facing numerous charges," suggesting it may not have the authority to accept Westerwelle's meeting request.

The German foreign minister is expected to visit Cairo late on Wednesday to discuss the political situation in Egypt with interim government officials and a number of Muslim Brotherhood members.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton met Morsi for two hours late on Monday at an undisclosed location.

Morsi was "well," Ashton said at a press conference in Cairo the day after the meeting.

Morsi refused to meet a human rights delegation on Saturday to protest being denied permission to speak with his family.

Westerwelle urged the Egyptian authorities this week to prevent further violence after police clashed with pro-Morsi protesters on Saturday, leaving more than 80 dead, mostly civilians.

Morsi was also visited on Tuesday by a delegation from the African Union Wise Men Committee delegation, led by former Malian president Alpha Omar Konare.

The AU had suspended Egypt's membership in the group shortly after Morsi's deposition.

Both Ashton and the AU meetings aimed at reaching a resolution to the current impasse, as Morsi's supporters hold a sit-in in Cairo and daily protests across the country demanding his reinstatement.

Some of the marches turned violent on more than several occasions as clashes between the former president's supporters and opponents erupted.

Morsi was deposed by the military on 3 July amid mass protests against his rule. 

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Jonathan
01-08-2013 06:30am
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German nonsense
What an outrageous and illogical request by the Germans. Morsi is NO LONGER the president. He will not return to the presidency. What is the point of requesting a meeting? Are the Germans not recognizing the government of Egypt? Is this a foreign policy visit in their mind? The Egyptian government needs to take a firm stance with the Germans and other governments (from South Africa to the UK) who apparently think Egypt's internal affairs is their business. They are complicating matters and giving hope to the Muslim Brotherhood, which only breeds more chaos and recriminations. This is a joke.
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Hans-Germany
01-08-2013 12:49am
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Concocted charges
We all and the world knows that Mursi is innocent of any charges. The current charges levelled against him are all politically motivated. There is not an iota of truth to these concocted charges.
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Ahmed
01-08-2013 01:26pm
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Charges
Those who stolen the public democratic will, who broke the consititution, who came to power through back doors like a thief breaks in a house,who suspend the elected parliment,who killed hundreds n injured 1000 of innocent egyptians,who shut down media outlets now charging an elected President it is big joke of modern history.They only can destroy the country but they cannot rule over egyptians.Peoples furstration & anger is boiling and soon it be exploded but it will be too late then.
Lady X
01-08-2013 11:12am
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Morsey is a criminal
Mr Hans in Germany with all due respect you know nothing. If you had been living in Egypt under Morsey's rule you would have known he is a terrorist and a criminal. As is it you are safe and sound in Germany and not in Egypt.
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