"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador informs that neither the Head of State of Ecuador nor any of the members of his delegation will address the issue of Mr. Assange's asylum during his [Moreno's] visit to the United Kingdom and Spain," the ministry said in a statement.
Moreno’s trip is "exclusively" devoted to his participation in the Global Disabilities Summit in London as well as the promotion of Ecuador’s ties with London and Madrid, the ministry noted.
Quito also denied media reports that the country struck a deal with London to hand the whistleblower over to the UK authorities.
"The State of Ecuador will only address and encourage understandings regarding Mr. Assange’s asylum, within the framework of international law, with his attorneys and with the British Government. At the moment, given the complexity of the issue, there is no short or long-term solution in sight," the statement read.
According to media reports, the WikiLeaks' founder caused a rift in relations between Ecuador and Spain. Specifically, Spain became angered by Assange's tweets, which criticized Madrid for imposing direct rule over Catalonia after not recognizing the region's referendum. Madrid reportedly reached out to Quito over the issue, demanding that it take measures to silence the whistleblower.