Article published by Catalan News Agency, 8th July 2016.
Photo: Spain’s King, Philip VI and US President, Barack Obama, on a meeting held in September (by ACN)
Barcelona (CNA).- Spain’s King will organise a lunch next Monday on the occasion of the US President, Barack Obama’s visit to Spain and none of the Catalan pro-independence parties in the Spanish Parliament will be invited. The Basque Nationalist Party (PNB) has also been excluded. According to the Royal Household, Obama was interested in meeting the leaders of the most important parties, that is to say, current Spanish President and leader of the Conservative People’s Party (PP), Mariano Rajoy, Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) leader, Pedro Sánchez, Pablo Iglesias, leader of alternative left coalition Unidos-Podemos and Albert Rivera, from Spanish Unionist ‘Ciutadans’. However, several acting ministers have already confirmed their attendance too. The lunch, which will be presided over by Philip VI, is set to be one of the central events in Obama’s agenda and was requested by the main four parties in the Spanish Parliament.
The Royal Household told the CNA that Obama’s visit is not protocolary, if that were the case, all the spokespersons of the parliamentary groups would have been invited. Moreover, the team of Philip VI also justified the decision by saying that the parliamentary groups haven’t yet been constituted in the Spanish Chamber, a process which will start on the 19th of July. Finally, the Royal Household also stated that the North American authorities “were interested in the attendance of the leaders of the four parties with the most votes and MPs”.
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