|Image provide by Chilean Presidency shows President of Chile Sebastian Pinera (R) and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy attending a signing event of Strategic Alliance between Chile and Spain, at La Moneda Palace, in Santiago, capital of Chile, on Jan. 25, 2013. Chile and Spain signed here an agreement of strategic alliance on Friday to boost ties and cooperation in various fields. (Xinhua/Presidency of Chile)
SANTIAGO, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) -- Chile and Spain signed here an agreement of strategic alliance on Friday to boost ties and cooperation in various fields.
Under the agreement, signed during Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's official visit to Chile, the two countries are to strengthen political dialogue, expanding economic and social cooperation through small- and medium-sized enterprises.
They also agreed to "collaborate more than ever in education, science and technology, as well as clean and renewable energies, in benefit of both countries," Chilean President Sebastian Pinera told a joint press conference with Rajoy.
Lauding that bilateral relations are "in its best moment," Pinera said "together we are going to write the best pages of collaboration between both countries."
Rajoy said "the aim of Spain's government is to further strengthen the bilateral relations, and that is why we have signed the alliance."
Pinera praised Spanish efforts to overcome the economic crisis.
"We applaud the reforms you have spearheaded and this year and 2014 will be harvest years. Spain is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, has regained its dynamism and is overcoming the crisis," Pinera said.
Rajoy praised Chile's legal security, "which encourages investments."
The Spanish prime minister is to attend here on Saturday and Sunday the first summit between the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the European Union.