August 1, 2013

African Union delegation meets Deposed Morsi

An African Union (AU) delegation has met Egypt’s deposed President Mohamed Morsi who is being held in an undisclosed location since his ouster.
Ousted Egyptian President Muhammed Morsi
Ousted Egyptian President Muhammed Morsi

The high-level AU delegation, headed by former Malian President Alpha Oumar Konare, confirmed the meeting to reporters at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo but gave no details on when and where the meeting took place, The Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

“We had a very good meeting with President Morsi,” Konare said, adding, “Permit me not to talk about it for the time being because probably there will be other meetings.”
It was the second meeting that Morsi has had with international diplomats since he was detained after being overthrown in a coup on July 3.

On Tuesday morning, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton also met Morsi for two hours. She said that Morsi is “well” but she did not know where he is being held.

Morsi has not been seen publicly since his ouster.

On July 3, Egypt’s army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that Morsi was no longer in office and declared that the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mahmoud Mansour, had been appointed as the new interim president of Egypt. The army also suspended the constitution.

Army officials said Morsi, who took office in June 2012, was being held “preventively” by the military.

On July 5, Muslim Brotherhood supreme leader Mohammed Badie said the coup against Morsi was illegal and millions would remain on the street until he is reinstated as president.

On July 27, at least 150 people were killed and scores of others injured in clashes during rival demonstrations by supporters and opponents of Morsi across the country.

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