Making the first state visit to Spain by a foreign leader since the pandemic began, President Moon Jae-in visited Madrid City Hall, kicking off his three day itinerary in the country.
While highly appreciative of South Korea's ambitious goal for transition to a "green economy", the mayor of Madrid said Spain learned a lot from Korea about how to tackle COVID-19.
"We have learned from you that the best fight against the virus includes the government's prompt response, citizens' exemplary participation, science and proper intervention."
The mayor presented Moon with a golden key, a symbol of further expanding exchanges between the two countries.
"I believe this key of fortune will bring good luck not only for me, but the Republic of Korea and the Korean Peninsula. I will open the door for overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic with this key."
Upon arrival, Moon and the First Lady were received with military honors at the royal palace in Madrid by Spain's King Felipe the sixth and the queen.
The first couple were also welcomed with a royal banquet at the palace.
During the banquet, Moon mentioned the friendship between the two countries during the pandemic while proposing that they work together on the 4th industrial revolution and green growth.
He is the first South Korean president to visit Spain in 14 years.
The Spanish king and queen last visited South Korea in 2019.
The trip marks over 70 years of diplomatic relations between Seoul and Madrid, expanding their ties in various sectors, including economy and culture.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.