• The Washington Post


European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Tuesday that she had met with deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, the first contact he has had with an independent official since he was taken into military custody almost a month ago.

Ashton, a low-key British diplomat, said she was taken by military helicopter late Monday to meet with Morsi. She declined to go into detail about her two-hour conversation with him, but she said he had access to newspapers and television and was in good condition.

“He’s well, and we had a friendly and open and very frank discussion,” Ashton said.

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