The State Department on Friday said it wants Spain to remain “strong and united” after a regional government voted in favor of secession on Friday.
The State Department’s endorsement of the Spain's central government came after a Friday vote in the Catalan parliament to declare independence, which touched off a new political crisis in Western Europe.
“The United States enjoys a great friendship and an enduring partnership with our NATO Ally Spain,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. “Our two countries cooperate closely to advance our shared security and economic priorities. Catalonia is an integral part of Spain, and the United States supports the Spanish government’s constitutional measures to keep Spain strong and united.”
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