EU's Ashton affirms support for Egypt roadmap, anti-terrorism war

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EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton affirmed on Thursday EU's support for Egypt's future roadmap and its ongoing war against terrorism, Xinhua reported according to the official MENA news agency.

"Ashton affirmed EU keenness on maintaining relations with Egypt and the completion of Egypt's future roadmap," MENA quoted Egyptian presidential spokesman as saying.

Egypt has been facing terrorist attacks against police and military personnel and facilities over the past few months. Extremist groups supporting ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi have claimed responsibility for most of the attacks.

Last July Egypt's military announced a roadmap after Morsi's removal, which included a new constitution and presidential and parliamentary elections.

Ashton's visit came ahead of the country's first post-Morsi presidential elections slated for late May. She is expected to hold talks with the main two presidential hopefuls, ex-military chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and leftist leader Hamdeen Sabahy.

During his meeting with Ashton, Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour invited the European Union to monitor the upcoming presidential elections, which was welcomed by the top EU diplomat.

Ashton also held talks on Thursday with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy where they discussed EU-Egyptian cooperation in political, economical and commercial fields.

Earlier on the day, Ashton held talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al- Arabi, also in Cairo, on the recent obstacles of the Middle East peace talks.

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