UK Minister for the Americas Hugo Swire MP, met with the new Ecuadorean Foreign Minister, Guillaume Long, in London on Monday to discuss assistance in the aftermath of the deadly earthquake that struck the Andean country in April.
Minister Swire said the UK had been pleased to be able to offer assistance, including engineering expertise, in the aftermath of the seism that killed hundreds, left thousands homeless and caused billions of dollars in infrastructure damage.
Mr Swire also underlined the UK’s desire to improve the relationship between the two countries, with opportunities to develop higher education, reconstruction and security cooperation.
The two Ministers had a lengthy discussion about Julian Assange’s case and Mr Swire, once again, raised UK frustration at the lack of progress in the case.
Four years after voluntarily entering the Ecuadorean Embassy, Julian Assange remains there, with a European Arrest Warrant in connection with a serious sexual offence allegation still outstanding, said minister Swire following the meeting.
We continue to be deeply frustrated by the lack of progress in this case. I personally expressed to Foreign Minister Long my sincere hope that Ecuador will soon facilitate the Swedish Prosecutor’s request to interview Mr Assange in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. It is important that this case is finally brought to a close.
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4 years and counting... loving it!Jun 22nd, 2016 - 06:09 am 0
Here's to another year in your prison Julian. Couldn't happen to a nicer c*nt!
This is so funny, Swire expecting Ecuador to behave in a sensible manner when they have that stupid twat as president.Jun 22nd, 2016 - 12:03 pm 0
Dealing in drugs is not illegal he claims, but there again his dad was the nations biggest drug dealer who died in a US jail. You can easily see why he is bat-shit mad and determined to allow Assange to continue his 'crusade' in the broom cupboard if only to upset the UK and the US.
I guess that is the price a narcissist pays - five years confined by his own stubbornness. If he is not guilty one has to wonder why he refuses to let justice take its' course. He was far more at peril of being extradited to the U.S. from the U.K. than he ever will be from Sweden. (Though I think this is a red herring anyway)Jun 22nd, 2016 - 12:10 pm 0
It is a P.R. exercise gone terribly wrong for Assange and Ecuador. Tough for both of them.