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New Leaders Of Spain, Catalonia Agree To Reopen Bilateral Talks

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Catalan President Quim Torra met in Madrid on Monday.
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New Leaders Of Spain, Catalonia Agree To Reopen Bilateral Talks

The new leaders of Spain and Catalonia have agreed to reopen bilateral talks in a bid to ease tensions between the two governments.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Catalan President Quim Torra met for two and a half hours on Monday in Madrid. Sanchez called the meeting a "starting point" for getting Spain and Catalonia on the same page.

Sanchez and Torra agreed on certain things, like reactivating the bilateral commission between the State and the Generalitat — which hasn't met since 2011. 

But they disagreed on the idea that Catalonia become independent. Sanchez reportedly reminded the Catalan leader that self-determination isn't allowed under the Spanish constitution. 

The two leaders have reportedly agreed to meet again later this year in Barcelona.