Belgian minister tries to calm down situation with Spain

Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders deplored on Bel-RTL on Monday statements made by Belgian political figures on the Catalan crisis.

“There is a row around this issue that exceeds the limits of what is reasonable in Belgium (…) Some people in Belgium are commenting on the crisis although it is not their role to do it,” he said from New Delhi (India) where he accompanies the royal couple on a state visit.

Last weekend, Deputy Prime Minister Jan Jambon (N-VA) as well as the PS President and former Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo made some statements on the Catalan crisis, which have led to condemnations from the Spanish People’s Party of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and are likely to strain the diplomatic ties between the two countries.

The Belgian courts, dealing with European arrest warrants against the Catalan head of government dismissed Carles Puigdemont and four of his former ministers present in Belgium, placed the five men under arrest warrant but released them under certain conditions, pending their appearance in court within 15 days.

Reynders (MR) points out that, in his opinion, “this is a matter which concerns Spain above all else” and that it is therefore necessary to “let justice be done” and wait for the court’s decisions. “I believe that the first thing is to keep the dialogue with Spain,” he added.

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