William Hague has urged Ecuador to resume talks "as early as possible" over the fate of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
The Foreign Secretary, in an update on the case to MPs, said he believed a diplomatic solution could be found to the stand-off.
It was "a matter of regret" that the South American country had granted asylum to Assange - who has been holed up in its London embassy since June.
The 41-year-old Australian faces arrest and extradition to Sweden over alleged sexual offences if he sets foot outside the building in Knightsbridge, In a recent TV interview broadcast in Ecuador, Assange said he believed it would take between six and 12 months for the issue to be resolved.
Mr Hague said last week that "a solution is not in sight" to the row which has strained diplomatic relations with the South American country. But in a written statement to the Commons, Mr Hague expressed hope that progress could be made through renewed talks.
There had already been seven formal discussions as well as "many other conversations and written exchanges" it the search for a solution, he told MPs. And he said any suggestion that extradition to Sweden posed a risk to Assange's human rights was "completely unfounded".
Ecuador has also been assured that fears Assange could be extradited on to the US from Sweden and face the death penalty were "without foundation", Mr Hague added. Ecuador claimed that Britain threatened to storm its embassy after Foreign Office officials highlighted available powers to enter the building and make the arrest.
"It is a matter of regret that instead of continuing our discussions, the Foreign Minister of Ecuador announced on August 16 that Ecuador had decided to grant diplomatic asylum," Mr Hague said.
"We wish to continue our dialogue with the government of Ecuador. We believe that our two countries should be able to find a diplomatic solution. We have invited the government of Ecuador to resume, as early as possible, the discussions we have held on this matter to date.
"I confirmed that in a meeting with Ecuador's Vice President Moreno on August 29 in London, during his visit to the Paralympics. We continue also to discuss the matter with the Swedish authorities, which retain an interest in the completion of Mr Assange's extradition proceedings."