Spain’s King Felipe VI on Tuesday said in his annual Christmas Eve address that the Catalan secession crisis remains the source of concerns and called for national unity and respect for the country's constitution that defends territorial integrity, APA reports quoting Sputnik.
During his speech, he pointed out Catalonia and the decline in the trust of many citizens in the government bodies as one of the principal hurdles for the country.
The King also called on the parliament, which is set to vote on whether to approve the candidacy of the country's Prime Minister, to proceed from the interests of all Spaniards.
"According to our constitution, the Parliament is to make a decision that it considers to be the most appropriate for the common interests of all Spaniards", the king said.
Earlier in December, the King invited acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to form the next government after two days of consultations with leaders of the parties represented in the national legislature. The parliament is now set to vote on whether to approve the King's appointment of Sanchez.