CAIRO — A high-level African Union mission met with Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi, in the Islamist leader’s second meeting with international diplomats this week after nearly a month in secret detention, the head of the delegation said today.
Egypt’s army has held Morsi incommunicado at undisclosed locations since pushing him from power in a July 3 coup. But the country’s military-backed interim leadership is coming under increasing international criticism about Morsi’s continued detention, and allowing two visits in quick succession appeared to be an attempt to ease at least some of the pressure on the new administration.
Despite the fact that outsiders have now visited the former president twice in recent days, his location still remains shrouded in mystery. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton met with him on Monday, but said she did not know where he is being held.
The head of the AU delegation, former Mali President Alpha Oumar Konare, also offered no clues on Morsi’s location, but told reporters that he had a “very frank meeting” with him.