"We are not here to impose. The people of Egypt will determine their own future," Ashton said. But she expected Egypt's leaders to ensure that happens.
Morsy's party did not meet with Ashton, but it let her know it is sticking by its demands.
"We made it clear to her that we will keep protesting for our civil rights until the legitimate president is released," said Essam Elerian, the vice chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party.
"And as we said it before, restoring the democratic legitimacy of our elected president is non-negotiable."