Spanish embassy says it is ‘grateful’ for Greece’s response to Catalonia vote

The Spanish embassy in Athens said on Tuesday it is “grateful” for comments made by Greek government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos and the country’s foreign ministry over the weekend in response to the Catalan parliamentary vote in favour of independence, adding it regretted that the ambassador’s comments were misinterpreted.

“The Embassy of Spain is grateful for the comments of the government spokesman and the declaration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs last weekend in favor of the territorial integrity of Spain, as well as rejecting unilateral actions that undermine the unity of the country and the principle of intangibility of borders,” the embassy said.

Regarding the statements of Ambassador Enrique Viguera last weekend to newspaper “Eleftheros Tipos”, the embassy said that “he regrets that they have given rise to interpretations that in no way correspond to reality, nor to his desire to work in a constructive manner in favor of a close and straight relationship with the Greek authorities”.

“Our two countries, allies and friends, are united by strong bonds of friendship and culture and this Embassy will do everything possible to deepen this extraordinary relation that unites us,” it added.