EU's Ashton discusses Egypt crisis with Morsi

The European Union

A supporter of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi cries during a protest against Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi at Nasr City, where protesters have installed a camp and hold daily rallies, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

CAIRO (AP) — The European Union's top diplomat says she discussed Egypt's political crisis with deposed President Mohammed Morsi and the need for the country to move forward.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton met with Morsi late Monday in the ousted Islamist leader's first meeting with the outside world since he was overthrown by a military coup on July 3. He had been held incommunicado since his ouster.

Ashton told reporters in Cairo on Tuesday that her meeting with Morsi took place at an undisclosed location.

She said he "has access to information, in terms of TV and newspapers, so we were able to talk about the situation, and we were able to talk about the need to move forward." She declined to elaborate.
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