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EU in Egypt reconciliation bid

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 - 01:26

July 18 - The European Union's foreign policy chief is in Cairo to push for reconciliation. Paul Chapman reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL The European Union's foreign policy chief is the latest international figure to visit Egypt's interim rulers to push for reconciliation. Catherine Ashton met interim Vice President Mohamed Elbaradei. Unlike the U.S. envoy two days earlier she also met senior figures in the Muslim Brotherhood, backers of ousted president Mohamed Mursi. She issued a statement before her arrival saying her mission was to reinforce the message that there must be a fully inclusive political process in Egypt. Some Mursi supporters camped in their thousands outside a mosque in Cairo some will need convincing. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) MOHAMED EL-BEIALY, MURSI SUPPORTER, SAYING: "Who are the African Union, the European Union, the United States and all other countries supposed to deal with? Should they deal with an illegitimate president who doesn't have the people's backing, who wasn't elected?" (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) SHERIF AL-AQEL, MURSI SUPPORTER, SAYING: "We participated in numerous election and referendums over the past two and half years. How can our votes be disregarded in this way?" When Catherine Ashton last visited Egypt in April she tried to persuade Mursi to agree to an EU-brokered power-sharing deal. He didn't respond. This time around Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood says no plan has yet been put forward to resolve the country's deepening crisis.

EU in Egypt reconciliation bid

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 - 01:26

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