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The prime ministers of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Andrej Babiš and Robert Fico, have said today at a joint event that the peaceful split of Czechoslovakia into two states could be an example for Spain as a way to solve the case of Catalan independence.

Babiš and Fico held a press conference in Bratislava, the Slovakian capital, for the 25th anniversary of the 1993 separation of Czechoslovakia. The Czech president said that a negotiated split could be "an example to follow for anyone in the world, [anyone] in Europe". He went as far as to make specific reference to "what has been happening in Spain, in Catalonia".

Babiš added that relations between the two countries of the former Czechoslovakia are now excellent, a sentiment shared by his Slovakian counterpart. "It can be an example for many countries that are seeking independence today," said Fico.