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May 19, 2022

EU envoy meets Morsi, says he is ‘well’

The European Union’s top diplomat has visited ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who has been held in an undisclosed location since the military pushed him from power nearly a month the Voice of America reported.
The EU says foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton met with Mr. Morsi for two hours of “in-depth discussion.”  It did not say when or where the meeting took place. Ashton is in Egypt working to mediate a resolution to the country’s political crisis.
On Monday, she met separately in Cairo with Egypt’s interim leaders and military chief, as well as officials from Mr. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood. According to CNN, she said Mohamed Morsy is well and keeping up with current events.
“We didn’t talk to the EU foreign policy chief Ms. Catherine Ashton after she met President Morsy but we made it clear to her that we will keep protesting for our civil rights until the legitimate president is released,” said Essam Elerian, the vice chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party. “And as we said it before, restoring the democratic legitimacy of our elected president is non negotiable.” Protesters demanding Morsy’s return to power have taken to the streets since he was deposed, saying they won’t leave until Morsy is restored as president.
“I wish Ms. Ashton took some of President Morsy’s family members with her to meet him because that should have been a priority,” Elerian said.

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