CAIRO: Interim President Adly Mansour met on Thursday with European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton and her delegation to discuss developments of the roadmap and the political situation in Egypt, Youm7 reported.
Presidential spokesperson Ihab Badawy said the president expressed Egypt’s interest in boosting its relations with the European Union.
Relations between the EU and Egypt have been strained since the ousting of Mohamed Morsi, with the military-backed government describingthe EU as interfering in Egypt’s internal affairs and supporting Muslim Brotherhood rule, Al Bawaba newspaper stated.
During the meeting, Mansour invited international bodies to monitor the upcoming presidential elections, and Ashton welcomed the invitation,saying the EU will assign a number of monitors, Badawy said.
Ashton also confirmed the EU’s support for Egypt in its fight against “terrorism,” Badawy added, and expressed condolences to members of the armed forces and police killed in recent attacks.
Her visit drew some criticism however, from Tagammu Party spokesperson Nabil Zaki. He told the Sada Al-Balad newspaper that Ashton’s trueaim during her visit is to meet with Brotherhood members and begin reconciliation efforts between the group and the government.
Ashton’s visit should have come within a framework of mutual discussion and away from any interference by the EU in Egypt’s internal affairs, headded.