South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol asked Korea's international community to join him in creating a new South Korea as he met with overseas Koreans for the first time outside of Seoul.
Hosting a dinner party with around 100 Korean citizens and Korean immigrants to Spain on Wednesday night, local time, the President also promised more support from their homeland.
"We will look after your problems and maintain laws and policies in accordance with the times we live in. We will do our best to provide digital-based administrative services for local residents. And we will not hold back from supporting future generations to keep their identities as Koreans and develop into global talents."
While pledging to make them proud to have a South Korean background he also asked them to continue working with one another to further advance the Korean community in Spain.
According to the Korean-Spanish organization in Spain, currently, there are around 45-hundred Korean citizens or Korean immigrants that have obtained Spanish citizenship.
Saying that Koreans, no matter where they are, will be valued preciously, President Yoon praised the community for enduring the pandemic together.
"Dear brothers and sisters, the Korean community in Spain started with a daring mindset. You laid the foundation as Taekwondo instructors and chicken gender sorters and got into deep-sea fishing in the Canary Islands. The daring mindset of the first to come inspired those who followed and led to progressive development of the Korean community."
President Yoon also took the opportunity to underscore his trip to Madrid for the NATO Summit.
Saying the values of NATO align with South Korea's new government, he said South Korea will contribute to global society as a leader.
Kim Do-yeon, Arirang News.