The European Union High Representative for Foreign Policy Catherine Ashton has said that the EU is pleased with the results of last week's constitutional referendum in Egypt.
In an interview with Al-Jazeera English, Ashton suggested that the referendum was an important step towards returning to the path of democracy.
The referendum was boycotted by the Muslim Brotherhood and other political forces opposed to the military coup that ousted Egypt's first democratically elected government on 3 July 2013. In the lead up to the referendum, activists campaigning for a "no" vote were harassed and arrested, and during the two-day election several protesters were even killed.
While Ashton noted that the democratic transition must include everyone, she made an exception for those who support "violence" or "terrorism".