South Korea and Costa Rica have agreed to elevate their ties to an 'action-oriented, comprehensive partnership.'
The decision was announced at a summit between President Moon Jae-in and his Costa Rican counterpart Carlos Alvarado at the Blue House on Tuesday.
"The two countries will now become closer. I look forward to substantial and concrete achievements in various fields, including the environment, digitalization, science technology and infrastructure."
President Alvarado is on a four-day state visit to South Korea on the invite of President Moon, ahead of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties next year.
The leaders agreed on the need for digital and eco-friendly cooperation for the recovery from the pandemic vowing to develop partnerships in line with South Korea's New Deal initiative and Costa Rica's "3D" policy of Digitalization, De-carbonization and Decentralization.
"Costa Rica seeks to deepen cooperation with South Korea in areas which it has a leading foothold like science technology innovation, tourism, aerospace, hydrogen cells and electric mobility. I hope South Korea perceives Costa Rica as a strategic partner."
The two sides also agreed to expand trade and investment based on the South Korea-Central America free trade deal that took effect earlier this year for inclusive and sustainable development.
Costa Rica's president also reaffirmed support for South Korea's efforts to achieve complete denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.
South Korea and Costa Rica also inked MOUs for joint research in science and technology, cooperation to foster digital government policies and to share technology in the environmental sector.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.