WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is now an Ecuadorian citizen

Assange's'eviction may be a result of his disagreement with Ecuador's President

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "Ecuador knows that the way to resolve this issue is for Assange to leave the embassy to face justice".

Espinosa said Ecuador is trying to make Assange a member of its diplomatic team, which would grant him additional rights under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, including special legal immunity and safe passage.

"No solution will be achieved without global cooperation and the cooperation of the United Kingdom, which has also shown interest in seeking a way out", she told reporters in the capital Quito, according to AFP.

Two days later, Swedish prosecutors say they have closed their seven-year rape investigation.

Swedish prosecutors dropped their investigation in May a year ago, but Assange still stays indoors, fearful that he will be arrested for breaching his bail the minute he emerges from the embassy.

Ms Espinosa also said Ecuador would "continue to protect Julian Assange while his physical and psychological integrity is in danger". "There are well-founded fears we have about possible risks to his life and integrity, not necessarily by the United Kingdom but by third party states". "No solution can be reached without global cooperation and without cooperation from the United Kingdom, which in addition has shown interest in finding a solution". The Latin American nation is now looking for alternative ways to resolve the impasse.

"We are now exploring other solutions, in dialogue with the United Kingdom, in a possible mediation that could facilitate a just, definitive and dignified solution for all parties involved, within the framework of global law", Ms Espinosa said.

His name appeared on Ecuadorian Internal Revenue Service, and his file read "the citizen/taxpayer has no information registered in the database or recorded by third parties", according to the paper.

The news broke that Assange had received his passport from the government Wednesday, hours after he uploaded a picture of himself wearing an Ecuadorian soccer jersey to his Twitter. A spokeswoman for the registry declined to comment when asked if Assange had been granted citizenship.

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