EU to monitor Egypt presidential election
The two sides agreed that an EU "election observation mission" will be deployed at the invitation of the Egyptian government
European Union monitors will supervise Egypt's upcoming presidential election under a deal in principle reached Thursday between visiting EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and foreign minister Nabil Fahmy, according to a joint statement quoted by Agence France Presse.
The statement said the two sides agreed that an EU "election observation mission" would be deployed at the invitation of the Egyptian government.
The statement said Ashton welcomed the fact that the necessary agreements would be concluded shortly, "allowing for unhindered movement of observers throughout the country and access to all legal political interlocutors."
It added that the "mission will conduct its work and make its assessments impartially and neutrally" and that "both sides look forward to a transparent and credible election.”
Egypt's presidential election is due late May.
During her short stay in Egypt, Ashton met with Egyptian interim President Adly Mansour.
A source close to the Muslim Brotherhood told Al Arabiya News that the EU chief had not requested any meeting with representatives from the now banned group.