SEOUL, Sept. 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's parliamentary speaker and the chiefs of five parties agreed Wednesday to have a lunch meeting on a monthly basis to candidly discuss pending issues.

The agreement came after National Assembly speaker Moon Hee-sang held his first lunch with the parties' heads since the new leadership of the ruling party and two minor opposition parties were recently elected.

They decided to meet on the first Monday of every month to frankly discuss many issues and seek cooperation beyond party lines, according to Moon's office.

The meeting brought together Lee Hae-chan, the chief of the ruling Democratic Party (DP); Kim Byong-joon, the interim leader of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP); Sohn Hak-kyu of the minor Bareunmirae Party; Chung Dong-young of the minor, liberal Party for Democracy and Peace; and Lee Jeong-mi of the progressive Justice Party.

The participants discussed issues ranging from a proposal to ratify the April inter-Korean summit agreement to electoral reform, it added.

The speaker has stressed parties' cooperation in handling key bills and making the assembly a working parliament that cares for people's livelihoods.

Source: Yonhap News Agency