EU’s Ashton discusses Egypt crisis with Morsi

CAIRO (AP) — The European Union’s foreign policy chief has become the first outsider to meet with deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi since his ouster by the military.

Catherine Ashton says the discussion during the two hour meeting today was “open and very frank” and that Morsi is well. She says he has access to information and was able to discuss the continuing political crisis in Egypt.

The EU foreign policy chief is in Egypt on her second visit this month to search for a way out of Egypt’s increasingly bloody and complex crisis, looking for compromises in talks with the military-backed government and allies of the ousted Islamist president.

She has held meetings with Egypt’s interim leadership, as well as representatives of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood.

Ashton says she’s made it clear that violence is not the answer and that she is only searching for common ground.

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