Catalan president Quim Torra has corrected the Spanish government's spokesperson, María Jesús Montero, who had today questioned whether the Catalan administration wants to hold a meeting of the Spain-Catalonia dialogue table before Catalan elections are held. This could be in the autumn, although no date has yet been set.
In a message on Twitter, Torra said that Montero "is wrong" because his Catalan government is "always" willing to meet at a "negotiating table", but he affirmed that the agenda should consists of two main points: "Conditions and date of the referendum on self-determination in Catalonia" and "amnesty for political prisoners and return of exiles."
Montero argues that Spanish government is available
Torra's response comes just after Montero said that the Spanish government had "absolute availability in July" and that it is equally willing to meet "in August" at the dialogue table, and complained that if there was no meeting it was due to the lack of interest on the Catalan side.
In fact, what Montero said was that if the Spanish government says yes to a meeting and Torra's governing partner ERC does as well, the ball is in Torra's court, but the minister said she considered all Catalan political formations are already preparing for the election and hence she doubts whether a meeting of the dialogue table will be called.