Middle East

EU foreign policy chief visits ousted Egyptian leader

July 29, 2013: European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, left, meets with Mahmoud Taha, a leader in the Construction and Development Party, the political wing of the former Gamaa Islamiya militant group, second left, Hesham Kandil, former Egyptian Prime Minister, center, Amr Darrag, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, second right, Mohammed Ali Bishr, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s leadership council, right, in Cairo. (AP Photo)

July 29, 2013: European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, left, meets with Mahmoud Taha, a leader in the Construction and Development Party, the political wing of the former Gamaa Islamiya militant group, second left, Hesham Kandil, former Egyptian Prime Minister, center, Amr Darrag, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, second right, Mohammed Ali Bishr, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s leadership council, right, in Cairo. (AP Photo)

The EU says its foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has visited Egypt's ousted president at the place of his detention and held a two-hour "in-depth" discussion with him.

This is the first reported meeting by anyone outside Egypt's military or security services with Mohammed Morsi since his overthrow in a July 3 military coup.

News of the meeting was posted Tuesday in the Twitter account of the EU's Foreign and Security policy Service led by Ashton. It did not say when or where the meeting took place.

Since the coup, which followed days of mass protests by millions of Egyptians calling for Morsi's ouster, the Islamist president has been detained by the military in an undisclosed location.