AUCKLAND, Dec. 4 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in headed home Tuesday, ending his three-day state visit to New Zealand that highlighted growing economic cooperation and exchange between the two countries.

Moon's departure came shortly after his bilateral summit with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

"Today, we agreed to develop the countries' relationship to be more mutually beneficial and future-oriented while sharing the common goal of people-centered values," Moon said of their meeting in a joint press conference.

Moon's trip here followed his visit to Argentina for the Group of 20 summit. It marked the first of its kind by a South Korean president in nine years.

"I hope today's summit will be an important milestone in developing the partnership between South Korea and New Zealand into a more future-oriented relationship," Moon said.

His visit also included a meeting with Governor-General Patsy Reddy and Simon Bridges, leader of the New Zealand National Party and Leader of the Opposition.

Moon's departure also concluded his eight-day trip that began last Tuesday, first taking him to the Czech Republic for a meeting with Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis.

Source: Yonhap News Agency