Ecuador pledges to continue backing Assange in UK spat

Sydney, June 17 (ANI): Ecuador's foreign minister has said his government is firmly committed to protecting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's human rights.

The comments from Ricardo Patino came as he stood shoulder to shoulder with Assange at the country's London Embassy.

According to news.com.au, Patino's visit preceded talks with his British counterpart William Hague on the eve of the one-year anniversary of Assange entering the Ecuadorean embassy.

Assange has been granted political asylum by the South American country, but will not leave the embassy for fear of being arrested and extradited to Sweden over sexual assault allegations, the report said.

Assange described the meeting on Sunday as very good, saying Patino had set out how Ecuador was actively seeking a solution to his present situation, it added. (ANI)

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