Ecuador's foreign minister tonight met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange inside the embassy where the Australian has been staying for the past year.
Ricardo Patino said Mr Assange was in "good spirits" despite the "limitations" of his accommodation inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Mr Patino added that the Ecuadorean government remains "firmly committed to protecting his human rights" and that it is seeking "cast iron assurances to avoid any onward extradition".
Mr Assange has been living inside the embassy since 19 June last year. He is wanted for questioning in Sweden over sex allegations by two women - which he denies - but fears being extradited to the United States if he leaves.
More top news
Ultimo underwear founder Michelle Mone is reportedly to be made a Conservative peer.
Charities could face criminal sanctions for bullying the public into giving money, their regulator has warned.
A 'fat tax' could be imposed on the cremation of bodies in Liverpool that require a coffin 30 inches wide or more.