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article imageEcuador's Ricardo Patiño to visit Assange & Hague in London

By Anne Sewell     Jun 2, 2013 in World
London - Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño will be visiting London later this month to talk with both Julian Assange and UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague.
To mark the first anniversary of Assange's entry to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Patiño will meet Assange and has also offered to have talks with his British counterpart, Foreign Secretary Hague. Patiño hopes to reach an agreement with Hague over Assange's future.
Digital Journal reported that Patiño has accused the UK of violating Assange's human rights by refusing to give him safe passage to travel to Ecuador, the country which granted him political asylum almost a year ago.
"By not granting him safe passage they are violating the human rights of a citizen, and every day that passes the effects of that violation hurt the person more and more," Patiño said.
Julian  Assange reads a statement to media and his supporters at the balcony of Ecuador s embassy in...
Julian Assange reads a statement to media and his supporters at the balcony of Ecuador's embassy in 2012.
According to an Ecuadorian government representative: "On Sunday 16 June Ricardo Patiño, Ecuador's foreign minister, will be visiting London in order to meet with Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy, on the eve of the first anniversary of Mr Assange in our diplomatic premises."
"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador has informed UK authorities that Mr Patiño will be in London and has offered to meet with Foreign Secretary William Hague to discuss the case of Julian Assange."
According to a Foreign Office spokesperson: "We were informed on Friday, 31 May of Mr Patiño's intention to travel to London and we are now considering a request for a meeting with the Foreign Secretary.
"UK Government officials have been in regular contact with representatives of the Ecuadorian Government, both in London and Quito, about Mr Assange. We hope the visit will contribute to our joint commitment to finding a diplomatic solution to this issue."
Assange has been holed up in the embassy since June 19 last year, when he applied for, and eventually received, political asylum in Ecuador. He entered the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over sexual allegations, which he denies.
The fear is that should he travel to Sweden, he will then be sent on to the US on espionage charges for his part in releasing embarrassing US diplomatic cables. Assange has said that he will travel to Stockholm if Sweden can guarantee they will not extradite him on to the US, but no guarantee has been received.
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