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Ashton: EU partnership with Egypt 'important'

21 August 2013 Last updated at 17:00 BST

The European Union has agreed to stop export licences on military equipment to Egypt.

After several hours of what they called emergency talks, European Foreign Ministers have issued a statement saying Egypt remained a crucial partner country, but repeating their condemnation of recent bloodshed and saying the actions of its security forces had been 'disproportionate'.

Humanitarian aid from Europe to Egypt will be unaffected.

The EU's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, told the BBC that the EU's partnership with Egypt remains important.