The case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not be evoked while Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno while the United Kingdom and Spain between Sunday and next Saturday, according to a communique issued by Ecuador’s Foreign Ministry.
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“Neither the Ecuadorean head of state Lenin Moreno nor his advisors will evoke anything related to Assange’s asylum during his trip in the United Kingdom and Spain,” said the document.
The trip’s purpose only involves the participation of President Lenin Moreno at the World Summit of Disabled People in London, the progress of the large bilateral agenda with Spain, and the economic and commercial promotion of Ecuador in Madrid and Edinburgh,” it added.
“The Ecuadorean State will only debate and generate a consensus about the asylum of Mr. Assange in the framework of international law, with his lawyers and the British government. As for now, because of the issue’s complexity, there is no short or long term.”
The announcement comes after the local newspaper El Comercio reported high-level talks between Ecuador and the U.K. have been taking place to decide the future of the WikiLeaks founder, who has been living in Ecuador’s embassy in London.
These speculations are taking place as the U.K. foreign minister, Jeremy Hunt, threatened WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, daring him to leave the Ecuadorean embassy, where he has lived since 2012 to avoid possible extradition to the United States.
In the U.K. Assange is facing only a minor charge for failing to turn up to a court hearing.
After the United Kingdom, Moreno will head to Spain, where he is expected to meet Pedro Sanchez, the Prime Minister of Spain.
Moreno will be accompanied by his wife, Rocio Gonzalez, who he appointed as president of Toda Una Vida social plan and a dozen Ecuadorean officials.