Yonhap News Agency, Seoul, November 18 (Xinhua) South Korean President Yoon Suk-yue held a summit meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in Yongsan President's Office on the 18th to discuss enriching the connotation of bilateral relations.
The two heads of state held individual conversations, formal talks and joint press conferences in sequence in the morning, and then had lunch together. Sanchez is the first Spanish prime minister to visit South Korea for bilateral diplomatic activities since the two countries established diplomatic relations 72 years ago. The Spanish prime ministers who were guests before all came to attend multilateral meetings, such as the Asia-Europe summit in October 2000 and the G20 summit in November 2010.
Yin Xiyue said in the opening remarks of the official talks that since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1950, it is the first time for a Spanish prime minister to visit South Korea for diplomatic purposes, so it is more meaningful. Both countries have overthrew authoritarian regimes and achieved successful democratic transitions and economic development.
Yin Xiyue also mentioned that the two have met continuously during the NATO summit in June and the G20 summit in November, and pointed out that the two countries are core partners leading the rules-based international order. Yin Xiyue also said during the meal with Sanchez that Spain is a friendly country that shares universal values such as freedom, human rights, and the rule of law with South Korea. Today's talks discussed deepening the development of strategic partnership.
Sanchez said that in recent years, the relationship between the two countries has become more consolidated, high-level mutual visits have been carried out in various forms, and diplomatic interactions have also brought the two peoples closer. Sanchez pointed out that the upgrade of the relationship between the two countries to a strategic partnership last year has something to do with the need to defend democratic values and economic cooperation. On behalf of Spain, he also expressed deep condolences to the victims of the Itaewon stampede.
When Yin Xiyue and Sanchez jointly met with reporters after the meeting, they condemned North Korea's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile in unison. Yin Xiyue said that South Korea and Spain strongly condemn the DPRK for launching ballistic missiles with unprecedented frequency and intensity. Sanchez said that the West has strongly condemned the recent continuous missile launches by the DPRK. (Finish)
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