Rohrabacher States Position on Catalonian Independence
WASHINGTON – Concerning his recent trip to Spain, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher today released the following statement:
Last week, as chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats, I led a congressional delegation to several European countries – including Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, and Spain. In Barcelona, I met with Catalonian President Puigdemont. Among the topics we discussed: the movement for Catalan independence from Spain.
I made clear to Spanish media that I did not advocate independence for Catalonia, but that the people of Catalonia should decide that for themselves. I also made it clear before and during the visit that my philosophy embraces the right of self-determination. I would never be so presumptuous as to tell them how to vote. If such a referendum were to be conducted, its outcome should be accepted.
As a side note, based on my impressions of general contentment and happiness in Barcelona, I told President Puigdemont that such a vote would probably fail.
Relations between Spain and the United States are strong and must remain strong. A mutually rewarding relationship between our two countries is especially critical in the war on radical Islamic terrorism. At the same time, I reiterate that my position with regard to Catalonia is consistent with my views on Scotland, Brexit. Kosovo, Crimea, and even California. We must forever respect the right of people to determine their own future.
I wish all the people who constitute contemporary Spain a future of freedom and harmony.
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