UK 'committed' to Assange solution after Ecuador election
LONDON (AFP) - Britain told Ecuador's re-elected President Rafael Correa on Monday that it remains committed to finding a diplomatic solution to the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Assange has been holed up in Ecuador's embassy in Britain for eight months as he seeks to avoid extradition to Sweden over allegations of rape and sexual assault, creating a stand-off between Quito and London.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague issued a statement on Monday hailing Ecuador's "successful" presidential elections, in which Correa won a second term in office.
"I congratulate the people of Ecuador and President Correa on their successful elections, and welcome the high turnout and the peaceful atmosphere on election day," Mr Hague said.