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Foreign Secretary meets Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño

Foreign Secretary and Foreign Minister Patiño agreed to keep channels of communication open, but made no breakthrough on Julian Assange.

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Foreign Secretary William Hague, Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño and Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire
Foreign Secretary William Hague, Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño and Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire

The two ministers held a bilateral meeting this morning for 45 minutes. Ministers agreed that officials should establish a working group to find a diplomatic solution to the issue of Julian Assange, but no substantive progress was made. The Foreign Secretary William Hague was clear once again that any resolution would need to be within the laws of the United Kingdom.

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Published 17 June 2013