On his first EU trip, Egypt President Adly Mansour visits Athens

Ahram Online, Monday 20 Jan 2014

Interim president Adly Mansour flies to Greece for a one-day official visit, his first to Europe since his appointment last July

Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour (photo: AP)

Upon Greece’s invitation, Interim President Adly Mansour on a one-day visit to Athens on Monday aims to consolidate bilateral relations in various fields between the two countries, said Egypt's presidency.

The trip is Mansour’s first to the European Union (EU) since his appointment as interim Egyptian president six months ago.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nabil Fahmy and Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou will accompany Mansour on his visit.

The Egyptian president will hold bilateral talks with his counterpart Karolos Papoulias and Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, followed by a press conference. 

The EU, headed by Greece for a six-month period as of January 2014, has expressed concerns over the political situation in Egypt since the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

Meanwhile, EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton welcomed on Monday Egypt's constitutional referendum, saying she expects the document to set the scene for civilian rule.

Egyptians replaced the 2012 Islamist-drafted charter with an overwhelming 98 percent “yes” vote for the new constitution in a national referendum last week, which the government hailed as a public seal of approval for the overthrow of Islamist president Morsi last summer.

Seeking financial support for Egypt, Mansour paid official visits to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, among other Arab countries, soon after Morsi’s ouster from power.

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