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Germany would not recognize the unilateral declaration of independence of Catalonia, the federal government spokesperson Stephen Seibert said Friday.

Seibert said on his Twitter account that “the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Spain are inviolable,” adding that Catalonia’s unilateral declaration of independence violates these protected principles.

Seiberti said Germany supports “the clear attitude of the Spanish Prime Minister to ensure and restore the constitutional order.” However, he also expressed the hope that “the parties will use all existing opportunities for dialogue and de-escalation.”

In the meantime, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Friday that only talks based on the rule of law and within the framework of the Spanish constitution can lead to a solution.

“To draw new borders and walls within Europe is not in the interest of European citizens,” Gabriel said, according to a federal government statement.

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