SEOUL, A South Korean delegation visiting Chile to attend the inauguration ceremony for its newly-elected president has asked for stepped-up cooperation between the two countries in building future-oriented and mutually-beneficial ties in various areas, the foreign ministry here said Monday.

The delegation, led by Reps. Chin Young and Lee Hack-young of the ruling Democratic Party, was in Chile to attend the inauguration ceremony held on Sunday (local time) for President-elect Sebastian Pinera.

The delegation made a courtesy call to Pinera on Saturday and delivered South Korean President Moon Jae-in's personally-written letter to him.

During the meeting, the delegation expressed hope for "both governments to work together in improving their relations to future-oriented, mutually-beneficial and practical cooperation in economy, trade, infrastructure development, and cultural and personnel exchanges," the ministry said.

The new Chilean president congratulated South Korea on the successful hosting of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and voiced his support for ongoing efforts aimed at peacefully resolving North Korea's nuclear issue.

He also said that he knows well the economic development that South Korean people have achieved and welcomed their increased investment in his country. He expressed willingness to visit South Korea "as soon as possible," the ministry said.

The two sides agreed to deepen their existing ties in trade and investment based on the advances made through their bilateral free trade agreement that took effect in 2004, according to the ministry.

Source: Yonhap News Agency