Catalonia's regional government is trying to gather separatist support among its large Moroccan population by offering Arabic and Islam lessons in the region's schools, a leading Spanish daily claims.

According to Madrid-based national newspaper El Mundo, Catalonia's Generalitat government launched on Monday its "Morocco Plan 2014-2017", a bill which aims to strengthen ailing diplomatic relations between the north African country and the Catalan region.

Morocco is reportedly against November 9th's planned referendum on Catalan independence, fearing the separatist spirit will lead to a similar uprising in Western Sahara, a disputed region taken over by Morocco in 1975.

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