01/06/2013 08:24 BST | Updated 01/06/2013 08:28 BST

Ecuador's Foreign Minister To Visit Julian Assange At London Embassy

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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 20: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks from the Ecuadorian Embassy on December 20, 2012 in London, England. Mr Assange has been living in the embassy since June 2012 in an attempt to avoid extradition to Sweden where he faces allegations of sexual assault. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

A senior Ecuadorian government minister is to visit London on the eve of the first anniversary of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's dramatic arrival at the country's embassy, it was announced on Saturday.

Ricardo Patino, Ecuador's Foreign Minister will meet with Assange at the embassy in London, and has offered to hold talks with Foreign Secretary William Hague to try to reach an agreement over Assange's future.

The Australian has been inside the embassy since 19 June last year and has since been granted political asylum by Ecuador.

He is wanted for questioning in Sweden over sexual allegations by two women - which he denies.

Patino will visit Assange at the embassy in London

Assange fears he will be extradited to the United States for questioning over publication by WikiLeaks of confidential information if he travels to Sweden.

An Ecuadorian government spokesman said: "On Sunday 16 June Ricardo Patino, 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 Patino will be in London and has offered to meet with Foreign Secretary William Hague to discuss the case of Julian Assange."


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