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King Felipe and Queen Letizia start State Visit to South Korea


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Following their attendance at the Enthronement Ceremony of Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo, Japan, on 22 October, King Felipe and Queen Letizia flew to South Korea where they will spend two days on a state visit.

They arrived in Seoul, South Korea on the morning of 23 October where they were welcomed by the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea, Park Yang-Woo among others. The state visit officially started with a visit to the Seoul National Cemetery where the Spanish couple laid a wreath. The visit is a traditional event during state visits to South Korea. The couple then laid a wreath at the Hyeonchungtab, the memorial of the Cemetery before respecting a minute of silence and signing the guest book.

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Afterwards, King Felipe and Queen Letizia went to the Blue House to meet with the President of South Korea Moon Jae-in and his wife. After the two national anthems were played, King Felipe and President Moon reviewed the troops. Then, King Felipe and President Moon had a private meeting before attending the signing of two business agreements, one in tourism and one in investment. In the meantime, Queen Letizia had a private meeting with the First Lady Kim Jung-sook. King Felipe also held a meeting with the former Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon.

The day concluded with an official dinner hosted by the presidential couple at the Blue House. During his speech, King Felipe said: “We are also societies in which the rule of law, democracy and the division of powers are an indisputable reality. And it is these shared values ​​that allow us to look to the immediate future, facing and understanding from similar perspectives the opportunities and challenges that are presented to us.”

Tomorrow, King Felipe and Queen Letizia will spend their last day in South Korea where they will attend business meetings, visit companies and meet with the Spanish community living in the country.