EU's Ashton visits Cairo as Egypt crisis deepens
CAIRO (AFP) - European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton flew into Egypt for talks on Monday as international pressure increased on the new regime over the weekend's violence, which claimed more than 80 lives.
But the country's new rulers warned they would take "decisive and firm" action against protesters if they went beyond their right to peaceful demonstration.
Even after the deaths of 72 people at a pro-Mursi demonstration in Cairo on Saturday, supporters of the ousted president remained defiant, saying they were determined to maintain what they insisted were peaceful protests. Nine more people died in violence in Egypt's second city, Alexandria.
Egypt's vice presidency said Ms Ashton would meet with interim president Adly Mansour and Mohamed ElBaradei, who is vice president for international affairs.