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Catalan president hopes for more meetings with Spanish counterpart

Quim Torra says two teams are preparing upcoming summit with Pedro Sánchez

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15 June 2018 01:15 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Catalan president Quim Torra has spoken publicly about his upcoming meeting with new Spanish president, Pedro Sánchez, saying that the most important thing is that it leads to a second meeting between the two leaders.

While attending a business event in the Pyrenees on Friday, Torra said that there are two teams preparing for the meeting between the two presidents, for which no date has yet been set. Torra also rejected accusations that the meeting will be just “for show.”

  • “It is obvious [president Pedro Sánchez] will tell me that he must preserve the unity of Spain and that we must submit to Spanish law"

    Quim Torra · Catalan president

According to the president, the meeting could establish “the field of play.” “It is obvious he will tell me that he must preserve the unity of Spain and that we must submit to Spanish law, and I’ll tell him that the self-determination of the Catalans must be respected,” Torra added.

Sánchez came to power only two weeks ago with the votes of Catalan pro-independence parties, who backed his motion of no-confidence against former president Mariano Rajoy over a corruption scandal involving the People's Party. 

Having acted as an outspoken critic of Torra and an ally of Rajoy and his unprecedented measures to crush the independence bid, Sánchez could now depend on the support of Catalan parties in order to put forward his political agenda.

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  • Catalan president Quim Torra (by ACN)

  • Catalan president Quim Torra (by ACN)