October 10, 2017 / 5:44 PM / a year ago

Catalan leader calls for reduced tensions

BARCELONA (Reuters) - The leader of Catalonia’s government called on Tuesday for a reduction in tensions in its standoff with Madrid over a bid in the wealthy northeastern region for independence from Spain.

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont reviews his notes at the start of a plenary session at the Catalonian regional parliament in Barcelona, Spain, October 10, 2017. REUTERS/Albert Gea

“With our differences and discrepancies, we make up one people,” Carles Puigdemont told the regional parliament in Barcelona.

Reporting by Angus Berwick; Writing by Isla Binnie

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