The Foreign Office said William Hague met his Ecuadorian counterpart to discuss the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been granted political asylum inside the Ecuadorian embassy, but that no "breakthrough" had been made.
A statement said:
Foreign Secretary [William Hague] and Foreign Minister Patiño agreed to keep channels of communication open, but made no breakthrough on Julian Assange.
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 was clear once again that any resolution would need to be within the laws of the United Kingdom.
Assange is wanted for questioning over two sexual assault allegations in Sweden and will be arrested if he leaves the embassy building.
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