EU’s Ashton to discuss democratic transition during Cairo visit

Catherine Ashton, the European Union foreign policy chief, is planning to discuss the renewal of Egyptian-European political dialogue during her upcoming trip to the country, a diplomatic source from the Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

Ashton, who is due in Cairo on 6 April, earlier expressed concern over reports of violence that renewed in Cairo and the atmosphere of local instability.

In statements reported by the state-run news outlet MENA, the source added that Ashton would also consider methods of implementing the package of grants and loans allocated by the EU to Egypt during a cooperative meeting in Cairo.

European-Egyptian talks will also tackle socio-political and democratic reform, according to the source, who referred to the European Union as the country's main partner in this transitional process.

In November, EU approved the allocation of a 5 billion euro support package to Egypt over two years through the EU’s financial institutions.

Edited translation from MENA

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