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Mohamed Morsi is well: EU's Ashton
Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is well and sends his good wishes to the outside world, EU envoy Catherine Ashton tells media
Ahram Online , Tuesday 30 Jul 2013
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EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton has said ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is well but that she does not know where he is being held. 

"Mohamed Morsi is fine, I met him and we had a friendly discussion for two hours," Ashton told a press conference on Tuesday.

"I do not know where he is, it is an undisclosed location,” said the EU foreign policy chief. "He is in good health and he sends good wishes to the outside world."

Morsi has access to TV and newspapers, she confirmed.

Ashton added that she would not have come to Egypt unless she could see the ousted president. She also denied reports that she had offered Morsi a "safe exit."

Regarding her efforts to help broker a deal to end the violence and solve the political crisis that has engulfed the country, Ashton insisted that she did not come to tell Egyptians what to do.

The EU wanted to "help the people of Egypt determine their own future," she said. "This great country has to move forward, and has to do so in an inclusive way... We need to find a calm solution to the situation."

The right to peaceful protest must be protected, Ashton emphasised.

It is expected that Ashton will hold another press conference with interim Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei.
 





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Ahmed
30-07-2013 09:27pm
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Racism in Ashton's visit
I agree with Mr. Ahmed.. Why is Ashton visiting Egypt now. Brokering an agreement? Are the Egyptian people incapable of fixing their own problems? What is this racist idea? Go back home Ashton. We dont want you here.
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John
30-07-2013 02:51pm
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South Africa calls for release of President Morsi
Johannesburg - The South African government called on Tuesday for the release of ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi. "South Africa joins the call by the international community for the unconditional release of president Morsi and all other political prisoners held in detention since the unconstitutional change of government on 3 July," said international relations spokesperson Clayson Monyela. "Furthermore, the government of South Africa also calls on all parties to refrain from acts of violence and retribution." Monyela said government was concerned about the deaths of people in Egypt protesting against the unconstitutional removal of Morsi, who was the country's elected president
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Lady X
30-07-2013 10:28pm
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South Africa?
With all due respect, who is South Africa to poke its Business in Egypt's Business?
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Michal Goldman
30-07-2013 02:50pm
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Morsi speaks but says nothing
Al-Ahram reports that EU Policy Chief Catherine Ashton has seen the deposed president, who conveys his greetings to the world. She says that he has access to newspapers and TV. What does Mr. Morsi think when he looks at all that media? I believe that if he truly loved his country, he would announce to the world that in the interest of national unity he withdraws any claims to the presidency, and that all Egyptians should now push for inclusive politics leading to parliamentary and presidential elections. Mr. Morsi should love Egypt enough to do what he can to bind up its wounds.
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VoiceOfGgypt
30-07-2013 09:54pm
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Morsi the strong man of Egypt
So now you think Morsi who is the victim of the coup should accept it and give a big hand of applause to the coup leaders in the name of " healing the wounds". I think you favor might is right and have no consience of right and justice. This same thing is what Israel expects the palenstinians to accept. Accept the land grab of Israel and say thank you to Israel for allowing the Palestinian authority of Abbas. This never brings peace. Right is right and wrong is wrong. There is a way out. The wrong-doers and killer of innocent protesters must admit there actions and take responsibility, leave power immediately, let the constitution decide the course of this nation
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Ahmed
30-07-2013 02:49pm
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unwanted visitor
Ashton came to Egypt to execute the European agenda in Egypt. We refuse this visit
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VoiceOfGgypt
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but who allowed her?
It is a shame to the coup leaders that they allow an outsider to meet the president in prison, not his family, not the human rights organisations of egypt not the civil representatives of Egypt. Please don't forget to speak out who brought this disastor on Eghpt that our democracy has been ridiculed all over the world. Tamaord, NSF and the Judges club. Its a shame that Egyptians don't know how to resolve their differences peacefully and democratically and outsiders have to come and give us lessons.

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