News: Assange has been taking refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012.
The Swedish and Ecuadorean governments have signed an agreement that will allow the questioning of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on sexual assault and rape allegations against two women in 2010.
The deal enables the Swedish authorities to question Assange, who has been taking refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012.
Ecuador’s foreign ministry said in a statement: "It is, without doubt, an instrument that strengthens bilateral relations and will facilitate, for example, the fulfillment of judicial matters such as the questioning of Mr Assange."
Swedish Justice Ministry official Cecilia Riddselius told AFP, "This is essentially a deal on legal assistance on a criminal matter, and when it is finalised later this week it will open the door for the Swedish state prosecutor to question Mr Assange."
The UK has already agreed to offer legal support for the questioning, which is expected to take place shortly.
Assange has denied allegations of sexual assault and rape. He fears Sweden will extradite him to the US for publishing classified documents via Wikileaks.
The UK has accused Ecuador of perverting the course of justice by allowing Assange to remain in its embassy.
A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said, "It is for the Swedish prosecutor to decide how they now proceed with the legal case."