BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, South Korean President Moon Jae-in began his state visit to Brunei on Monday with a meeting with Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.

Moon arrived in Brunei on Sunday for a three-day visit. He became the first South Korean head of state in 19 years to make a state visit to Brunei, according to his office Cheong Wa Dae.

A welcome ceremony for Moon was held at the Istana Nurul Iman, the official residence of the Bruneian monarch, followed by a social meeting and official summit talks.

During the pre-summit meeting, also attended by the leaders' wives, President Moon noted that the South Korea-Brunei relationship has steadily improved since the countries established diplomatic ties in 1984.

Sultan Bolkiah expressed his support for Moon's New Southern Policy, which seeks to boost economic and diplomatic relations between South Korea and the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), including Brunei.

He also stated that "the countries' friendly cooperation has deepened not only in the energy and infrastructure sectors but also in cultural and people exchanges over the 35 years since the countries established diplomatic ties," Cheong Wa Dae said in a press release.

The South Korean president is currently on a three-nation trip that will later take him to Malaysia and Cambodia, both also members of ASEAN.

Source: Yonhap news Agency