January 21, 2021

will speak with Puigdemont and Urkullu in the next few hours

will speak with Puigdemont and Urkullu in the next few hours



The general secretary of Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, will speak by telephone "in the next few hours" with the former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, Efe has indicated sources close to the leader of Podemos, who last Friday met in the prison of Lledoners with the leader of ERC, Oriol Junqueras.

On the other hand, sources close to former President Carles Puigdemont have indicated to Efe that "we have no record" of this possible telephone call from Pablo Iglesias, and have limited themselves to pointing out that, if it occurs, they will inform about the conversation later.

Iglesias said after interviewing Junqueras that his intention was to promote detente and dialogue with the aim of favoring political agreements with the Catalan leaders, in full negotiation of the Budgets for 2019.

The Minister of Industry Reyes Maroto has recognized that all meetings held by the Secretary General of Podemos, both last Friday in the prison of Lledoners with Oriol Junqueras, as scheduled tomorrow with the Basque Lehendakari Íñigo Urkullu, "They seem good" because he can meet with "whoever wants", however he has warned that it is the Government that has to "defend" the General Budgets of the State and "seek alliances".

In this process, today it has been known that Iglesias will meet tomorrow with the Lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu, at the headquarters of the Presidency of the Basque Government in Vitoria. Churches will be accompanied in the meeting with Urkullu by the general secretary of Podemos Euskadi, Lander Martínez. Sources of the Basque Presidency have indicated that the objective of this meeting is to analyze "the political situation of the State".

Sources of the Basque Presidency have confirmed to Efe that this is the first meeting held by the Lehendakari and Iglesias and they have explained that they have been working on the organization of the meeting for "some weeks".

The main objective of the same, the sources added, is to analyze "the political situation of the State".

Although "there is no specific issue on the table", it is possible that the Lehendakari and the leader of Podemos can discuss the pact between the PSOE and Unidos Podemos around the General Budgets of the State, which in order to be approved require the support of other forces represented in Congress, including the PNV.

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