Together with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Institutional Relations and Transparency, Raül Romeva, this afternoon the President of the Catalan Government, Carles Puigdemont, hosted Barcelona’s Consular Corps at the Palau de la Generalitat. During the reception, the President called on all the Honourable representatives to explain “how Catalonia is eager to grow with its people and to do so in cooperation with Europe, and with a permanent desire for dialogue as well as an indestructible vocation to internationalize itself”. Furthemore, “we want to continue contributing to Europe as an independent State”, he added.
Regarding the “extraordinary political process” that Catalonia is undergoing, Puigdemont explained to the Corps that they “should continue working with the same rigour, professionalism and positive attitude as they have done thus far”. In this respect, the Catalan Executive extended the Government’s “full cooperation and collaboration” in order to successfully explain the political process to the world.
“You will have much work in the coming months; you know perfectly well that Catalonia is a country on its path to independence” affirmed the President as he highlighted the Government’s “great willingness to explain and to be involved” in efforts to push the Catalan political process ahead. A ‘process’ that “the citizens of your countries who are living here are also an important part of”, he noted.
“Catalonia has much to offer the world, you know this and we ask you to explain it well”, the President asked. In this regard, the Puigdemont put himself at the disposal of the consular representatives “in order for there to be permanent contact, so that information can flow and so that the news your countries ask for is as reliable, in-depth and well documented as possible”. “You will have us beside you every day”, he added.
Furthermore, the President of the Generalitat also wished to thank the representatives for the “essential task” carried out by the Consular Corps in Barcelona, a city that has a “long consular tradition” and is the “third city in the world, that isn’t yet a State capital, with the most consular representations”.