EU envoy given access to deposed Egypt leader Mursi
CAIRO (REUTERS) - Egypt's rulers have allowed an EU envoy to meet Mohamed Mursi, the first time an outsider is known to have had access to the deposed president since the military overthrew him and jailed him a month ago.
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton held two hours of "in depth" discussions with Mr Mursi late on Monday, her spokesman Maja Kocijancic said on Twitter. Ms Kocijancic did not say where the talks had taken place.
Mr Mursi has been held incommunicado since the military removed him from power on July 3. Egypt's authorities say he is being investigated for charges including murder, stemming from a 2011 jailbreak when he escaped detention during protests against former autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
Ms Ashton, Europe's top diplomat, has been shuttling between Egypt's rulers and the Muslim Brotherhood to try to pull the country back from more bloodshed as one of the only outsiders that is accepted by both sides as a potential mediator.