Greek defence minister to Egypt president: We support 30 June

Ahram Online, Monday 28 Apr 2014

Adly Mansour discusses bilateral relations with Greek defence minister at a meeting in Cairo

Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour (Photo: Reuters)

The Greek defence minister has said his country backs Egypt and supports the outcome of the 30 June protests that led to the ousting of Mohamed Morsi.

Dimitris Avramopoulos met with interim President Adly Mansour and Defence Minister Sedki Sobhi on Monday, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

Avramopoulos said he had been trying to explain Egypt's position to the other European Union countries, Egyptian presidential spokesperson Ihab Badawi said.

EU countries have maintained concerns over the future of democracy in Egypt after the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last July. 

EU`s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, has expressed these concerns over the direction of democratic changes in the country in several visits to Egypt with interim authorities over the past eight months. 

The EU countires have also been urging Egypt's government to conduct democratic presidential elections set for later this month.

Badawi also said that Avramopoulos had expressed Greece's willingness to strengthen bilateral relations and financial investments between the two countries.   

Mansour expressed his gratitude to Avramopoulos and said he welcomed all initiatives to strengthen bilateral relations.

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