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S. Korea, Spain share so much connection, will open future of shared prosperity: Moon
Updated: 2021-06-17 13:27:59 KST
South Korea and Spain will open a future of shared prosperity by responding to new challenges together through inclusion, coexistence, solidarity and cooperation.
This from President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday as he became the first South Korean leader to deliver a speech at the Spanish Senate in Madrid.

"Spain seeks to be a connected nation that resolves international divisions through inclusiveness and coexistence, understanding and consultation. Korea dreams of becoming a bridge nation that connects continents and coasts, connects developed and developing countries, and leads the order of peace and prosperity in Asia."

Moon further highlighted how the people of South Korea and Spain have transformed their countries into full democracies following respective civil wars and authoritarian regimes.
He added Korea is proud and can appreciate what Spain has gone through in overcoming the pandemic with a spirit of inclusiveness and solidarity.
Later in the day the South Korean leader met with economic leaders in Barcelona, where he said countries with strong cooperation will lead the world as well as the global economy with a leading role in digital and green economy.

"Let South Korea and Spain begin first. When we work together, I am certain that we will be the heroes."

Reflecting on Spain's lifting of lockdowns last month, Moon noted the world witnessed hope and said the world will overcome the pandemic.
Prior to Moon's speech, the president of the Spanish Senate also pledged to continue working with Seoul, pointing out Spanish young people's love of and interest in K-pop, and Korean food and movies.
Further marking the South Korean leader's visit to Spain this week, an agreement has been made to extend the Year of Mutual Visit, with hopes of deepening the friendship and trust between the two countries.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.
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