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Acting Catalan president Carles Puigdemont has communicated via a tweet, that the king of Spain, Felipe de Borbón, will only be welcome in an independent Catalonia as the maximum representative of Spain once he has apologised for the role he played in the repression of the Catalan independence referendum on 1st October.

"King Felipe VI will be welcome in the Republic of Catalonia as the maximum authority of Spain when he apologises for the unconstitutional role he played in October last year", said Puigdemont on his Twitter account.

He published this tweet after the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, and the speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Roger Torrent, had announced they would not attend this Sunday's official reception for the King prior to the dinner of inauguration for the Mobile World Congress (MWC). The boycott by Colau and Torrent, currently the maximum authorities of the Catalan public institutions, was supported by senior Catalan civil servants and other figures. Public protests at the king's presence were also called.