On thursday the Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon (SNP), and Quim Torra (JxC), President of Catalonia, had their first official meeting in Edinburgh.
Afterwards they issued the following official
Joint statement from the First Minister of Scotland and President of Catalonia
The First Minister of Scotland and the President of Catalonia met at the First Minister’s official residence in Edinburgh this evening.
It was a cordial meeting aimed at strengthening the ties of friendship between Scotland and Catalonia. Both leaders discussed the challenging and complex situation in Catalonia, and agreed that the way forward for Catalonia must be through peaceful and democratic solutions involving dialogue between the Spanish and Catalan authorities, respecting the right to self-determination of the Catalan people.
Both leaders agreed that in 21st century Europe issues of self-determination must ultimately be addressed through democratic referendums. The terms of such referendums should be agreed between both parties and have corresponding international recognition.
The 2014 Scottish independence referendum agreed between Edinburgh and London is the best example of such a process, underlining the fact that issues of constitutional sovereignty should always be resolved through peaceful and democratic means.
Quim Torra also met Clara Ponsatí, former Councillor of Education of Catalonia, who is currently exiled in Scotland.