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Spain and the Republic of Korea celebrate the First Edition of the “Strategic Bilateral Dialogue”
04/04/2019

​The State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Fernando Valenzuela, travelled to Seoul to celebrate the first edition of the “Strategic Bilateral Dialogue” with his South Korean counterpart, the First vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Cho Hyun. Spain and South Korea are countries that share principles and values and in 2016 they decided to take their relationships to a strategic level.
 
During the meeting, they addressed the main issues of the bilateral relations, fairly positive in political, economic and cultural terms, and they analysed the main topics of the international agenda. During his visit, the State Secretary, Mr Valenzuela, also held a meeting with experts on the situation of the Korean peninsula.
 
With regard to the economic field, the State Secretary and his counterpart congratulated for the significant triangular collaboration between South Korean and Spanish companies in third markets. Likewise, they discussed the positive figures of bilateral tourism: in 2018 490,631 South Korean tourists visited Spain (10% more than in 2017), only after China and Japan in Asia.
 
The State Secretary, Mr Valenzuela stressed the great potential and interest for learning Spanish in South Korea. In 2017 and 2018, 2,300 South Korean candidates underwent the Spanish as Second Language Diploma examinations, ranking the list of Asian countries along with China.
 
Finally, First Vice Minister Cho Hyun showed interest in the Spanish perspective with regard to the current situation in Ibero-America. South Korea is one of the Associate Observers of the Ibero-American Conference and collaborates with the Ibero-American Secretary-General in different projects such as tourism and SMEs.

 

 

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