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The first words of King

Felipe VI

's speech at the opening dinner of the

Mobile World Congress

(MWC) in Barcelona have had as protagonists the victims of the "devastating


" in two buildings in


that occurred last Thursday, with ten people dead until the moment.

The Monarch expressed his "shock" at the tragic event and also wanted to remember "the injured, family members and loved ones."

Felipe VI will go to the city tomorrow with Queen Letizia to "share his grief and pain with the Valencians."

Upon his arrival at the National Museum of Art of Catalonia, the King was received by the President of the Government,

Pedro Sánchez

, and subsequently received the President of Paraguay,

Santiago Peña

, who is in Spain on a working visit.

The president of the Generalitat,

Pere Aragonès

, has not participated in the classic hand-kissing, but the mayor of Barcelona,

​​Jaume Collboni

, has, unlike his predecessor,

Ada Colau

, who on recent occasions also avoided photography.

The head of the Government greeted Felipe VI in a space out of the spotlight before sharing a table, as has happened in the last three editions.

At the reception inside, the first secretary of the


and head of the opposition in the Parliament,

Salvador Illa

, was present, along with the ministers

Jordi Hereu


José Luis Escrivá


European Commissioner

Adina Valean


the Government delegate in Catalonia,

Carlos Prieto


the secretaries of State

María Teresa Ledo


María González


the mayors Collboni and

Núria Marín

(L'Hospitalet de Llobregat), and the president of the Barcelona Provincial Council,

Lluïsa Moret


In his speech, Felipe VI highlighted the importance of artificial intelligence (AI), a technology with a key role in this edition of the MWC.

Pedro Sánchez has also done so in his intervention: "We aspire for Spain to play a relevant role at an international level in the development of artificial intelligence."

The president has announced the creation of a Grand Foundational Language Model of artificial intelligence trained "specifically" in Spanish and the rest of the co-official languages ​​of Spain.

Felipe VI, Sánchez, Aragonès and Collboni will meet again this Monday at the official opening of the Mobile World Congress, which opens its doors until Thursday at the Gran Via venue of Fira de Barcelona, ​​in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, in an edition in which the organizers of the technology show hope to get closer to attendance figures similar to those prior to the covid pandemic.