Qassemi: Iran sup­ports ‘united’ Spain

Iran Daily - - National -

Iran’s For­eign Min­istry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said Tehran sup­ports a united, in­te­grated and demo­cratic Spain which is fac­ing an in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum move­ment in Cat­alo­nia.

“Iran, in line with its prin­ci­pled poli­cies, be­lieves in a united, in­te­grated and demo­cratic Spain and calls for the preser­va­tion of sta­bil­ity, peace and na­tional sol­i­dar­ity and re­spect for the pro­vi­sions of the Span­ish Con­sti­tu­tion,” Qassemi said.

Ten­sions have been run­ning high ever since an Oc­to­ber 1 in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum in Cat­alo­nia which has been de­clared il­le­gal by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment in Spain, Press TV re­ported.

Al­most 90 per­cent of vot­ers backed Cat­alo­nia’s in­de­pen­dence with a turnout of 43 per­cent but the plebiscite was marred by vi­o­lence af­ter Span­ish po­lice tried to halt the vot­ing.

Cata­lan Pres­i­dent Car­les Puigde­mont signed an in­de­pen­dence dec­la­ra­tion on Tues­day but said the man­i­festo would not be im­ple­mented for sev­eral weeks to al­low talks with the gov­ern­ment in Madrid.

Span­ish Prime Min­is­ter Mar­i­ano Ra­joy has ruled out di­a­logue over the se­ces­sion bid but left the door open for con­sti­tu­tional re­forms.

Qassemi said, “The Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran un­der­lines the need for ad­her­ing to the rule of law and avoid­ing vi­o­lence and pur­su­ing de­mands in a peace­ful and le­gal man­ner.”

The spokesman called Spain “an im­por­tant po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic part­ner of the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran in Europe,” say­ing Tehran is closely mon­i­tor­ing de­vel­op­ments in Cat­alo­nia.

“Iran be­lieves that the in­ter­ests of all the peo­ple in Spain, and the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity and eco­nomic growth will be sus­tained more and bet­ter through na­tional unity and syn­ergy,” Qassemi said.

A his­toric prin­ci­pal­ity that be­came part of a united Span­ish king­dom in the 15th cen­tury, it is one of 17 au­ton­o­mous re­gions un­der Spain’s de­volved po­lit­i­cal sys­tem cre­ated af­ter the death of Fran­cisco Franco in 1975. It has its own gov­ern­ment, pres­i­dency, and par­lia­ment. The statute of au­ton­omy defin­ing Cat­alo­nia’s pow­ers refers to Cat­alo­nia as a “na­tion­al­ity”.

Cata­lan and Span­ish share sta­tus as of­fi­cial lan­guages in Cat­alo­nia. Cat­alo­nia has its own flag and an­them.

REUTERS

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