Wednesday, May 25

Sánchez receives Pere Aragonès in Moncloa to try to regain dialogue

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, receives the President of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès.

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, receives the President of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès.

The head of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, has received the President of the Generalitat at the Moncloa Palace, Pere Aragonès, to hold a meeting that you trust will be the starting point for a new relationship that allows finding solutions for coexistence.

The appointment was agreed last week for the afternoon of this Tuesday and Sánchez has received Aragonès on the access steps to the Council of Ministers building, where the meeting takes place.

Both, protected by masks, have greeted each other without any physical contact due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While chatting briefly they posed for photographers flanked by two flags of Spain Y Catalonia before entering the interior of the building for the start of your meeting.

After her, Aragonès is expected to go to the Blanquerna Cultural Center in Madrid to offer a press conference since he has refused to appear at the headquarters of the Presidency of the Government.

On the part of the Government, it will be the Minister of Finance and spokesperson, Maria Jesus Montero, who will report to the informants on the development of the meeting.

The central Executive frames this interview in the usual ones of Sánchez with the various regional presidents once they are elected.

But this time it has other connotations, since it comes a week after the Council of Ministers will approve the pardons to the independence leaders and it is hoped that progress can be made in the calendar of dialogue between the two governments for what Sánchez calls “the reunion.”

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Resume the dialogue table

Specifically, a step can be taken to resume the dialogue table between the two governments in the near future.

Montero, in the press conference after the meeting of the Council of Ministers on Tuesday, has trusted that the meeting will serve as a starting point for a new relationship in search of solutions.

She has been convinced that there will be proposals from both parties and has stressed that the Government will maintain its “red lines” in constitutional matters.

In search of understanding

But it has guaranteed that Sánchez will reach out to understanding and “it depends on the other party if they want to join in that coexistence or they prefer to be in other positions that are useless, do not lead to anything and generate discomfort and frustration.”

For his part, Aragonès arrives in Moncloa with the intention of continuing to demand the “amnesty” of all those affected by the process as well as the exercise of the right of self-determination.

This meeting is held hours after the Court of Auditors has claimed a total of 5,422,879 euros from more than twenty pro-independence leaders for the expenses derived from the foreign promotion of the referendum of October 1, 2017 with public money.

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