South Korea is a country respected and recognized by the entire world and the largest Asian economic partner of Spain.
That's how Madrid sees Seoul.
"Let's move forward together. Thank you."
Tight Seoul-Madrid relations have been mirrored in their lively high-level interactions, namely South Korean president Moon Jae-in's visit to Spain last year.
Not only was it Spain's first time to host a state guest since the outbreak of the pandemic but the trip also came in response to a state visit by Spanish King Felipe VI's to Seoul the previous year in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the two countries' friendship.
Secured since 1950, their diplomatic ties are deeply rooted in one of their biggest similarities: the spirit of democracy.
"The peoples of both countries overcame civil wars and authoritarianism in the 20th century and achieved democratization in less than half a century, and the two nations are recognized as fully democratic countries in the world."
The same applies to Spain's support of the peace process and complete denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula achieved through diplomacy and dialogue.
Last year, the two sides upgraded their relations to a strategic partnership and pinned MOUs for green energy, digital innovation and start-ups, elevating their cooperation to a whole new level.
The popularity of K-pop and K-dramas in Spain has led to a boost in cultural exchanges too, such as the European country organizing more local Korean cultural festivals.
And even as the worst of the pandemic subsided, two-way trade volume between the countries was quick to get back on track, hitting nearly 1.6 billion U.S. dollars in the first quarter this year.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.