[QODLink]
Middle East

AU envoy holds 'relaxed meeting' with Morsi

Deposed president in "good health", according to former Mali leader Alpha Konare, who also warns against violence.

Last Modified: 01 Aug 2013 09:29
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

Egypt should allow peaceful protests and discourage the infiltration of weapons at rallies, according to Alpha Oumar Konare, a former president of Mali appointed by the African Union to lead a panel on Egypt.

The official, who met deposed President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday, told Al Jazeera that Morsi was in good health as he warned against further "derailment into violence."

"Peaceful protests form part of democracy but derailment into violence must be avoided, incitement and provocation must also be avoided, as well as arms and weapons infiltrating demonstration," he said.

Speaking about his meeting with Morsi, which follows an earlier visit by Catherine Ashton, the European Union foreign policy chief, Konare said: "We found him in good health, we a had a good, direct relaxed meeting with him."

No further details would be announced, he said, because "we are on a mission of listening to all parties - it would be premature for me to say what our conclusions would be at this stage".

Elsewhere, EU envoy Bernadino Leon was in Cairo on Wednesday to press the mediation effort, and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle was due to hold talks there on Thursday.

US Republican senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham said on Wednesday that they would also visit Egypt to help quell violence and press for elections.

213

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Featured
Assam officials upset that WWII-era Stillwell Road won't be used in transnational highway linking four Asian nations.
Informal health centres are treating thousands of Syrian refugees in Turkey, easing the pressure on local hospitals.
Indonesian and Malaysian authorities are keeping a close eye on local supporters of the hard-line Middle East group.
Wastewater ponds dot the landscape in US states that produce gas; environmentalists say they’re a growing threat.
China President Xi Jinping's Mongolia visit brings accords in the areas of culture, energy, mining and infrastructure.
join our mailing list