The United Kingdom refuses to have a positive bilateral agenda with Ecuador
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Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Quito, June 23 2016
During a working visit made last week to the United Kingdom, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador, Guillaume Long, met with the Secretary of State to the United Kingdom, Minister Hugo Swire, with whom he had “a polite, frank, but hard conversation” about the relations between the two countries, taking into account the different positions in the Assange case.
In this timeframe, the Ecuadorian minister proposed to maintain a Positive Bilateral Agenda to address issues of great interest, such as technology and knowledge, education, trade, humanitarian issues and international cooperation, among others. However, he acknowledged that the British Head of International Relations with the Americas ruled out this possibility as long as the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, is in the Embassy of Ecuador. “I found a more than hostile response. Fortunately Ecuador will not leave today intimidated by that kind of harassment and disrespect”, he said.
The Ecuadorian Minister explained that by separating conflicts there is a diplomatic mechanism to address issues of convenience for both Nations. He quoted as an example, that the same country maintains a Positive Bilateral Agenda with Argentina despite living a process of international dispute over the Falkland Islands.
From Ecuador, “through the Assange case and many other cases, we are demonstrating that we are a sovereign Nation and that we will not be intimidated. If they don’t want a Positive Bilateral Agenda, they won’t have one. But we clarify that in this relationship, the part that is looking to have a more fluid relationship is Ecuador “.
At the same time, Ecuador’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also raised his concerns over the extreme vigilance outside of the Embassy of Ecuador in the United Kingdom. He called this measure “state of siege” that also lead to a difficult permanent situation for officials of the Embassy of Ecuador in the United Kingdom, as well as for Mr. Assange.
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