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EU Diplomat Meets with Egypt's Morsi

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EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, April 6, 2013 file photo.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, April 6, 2013 file photo.

The European Union's top diplomat has visited ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who has been held in an undisclosed location since the military pushed him from power nearly a month ago.

The EU says foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton met with Morsi for two hours of "in-depth discussion." It did not say when or where the meeting took place.

Ashton is in Egypt working to mediate a resolution to the country's political crisis.

On Monday, she met separately in Cairo with Egypt's interim leaders and military chief, as well as officials from Mr. Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood.

She has made no public comments about her meetings. In a statement released ahead of her trip, Ashton called for a fully inclusive transitional government that includes the Muslim Brotherhood.

Also Monday, supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi continued their protests at security administration buildings, remaining defiant in the face of the military's move to install an interim government nearly a month ago.

Egypt's army has warned Morsi's supporters to stay away from military facilities, especially military intelligence headquarters. It says the sites are vitally important, and that anyone approaching them would be in danger.

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