Belgian PM Downplays Rift With Spanish PM Over Catalonia

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel is playing down a rift with Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy over Michel’s appeal to stop the violence in Catalonia during its contested independence vote.

Michel said Thursday that senior councilors and ambassadors from both countries have been in close contact in recent days, amid fallout over his tweet fired off during the police crackdown on Catalan voters.

He said no formal meeting is planned with Rajoy but an informal chat could not be ruled out.

But Michel said he takes responsibility for his tweet: “I condemn all forms of violence and appeal for dialogue.”

He said the tweet had been misinterpreted during the Catalan crisis.

Source: Associated Press