KUALA LUMPUR, South Korean President Moon Jae-in was set to hold a meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Wednesday to discuss ways to improve the countries' cooperation and exchanges.

The summit was set to follow a welcome ceremony for Moon to be hosted by Sultan Abdullah of Pahang.

Moon arrived here Tuesday on a three-day state visit, becoming the first South Korean leader to do so in nine years. He is currently on a three-nation tour that earlier took him to Brunei

The South Korea-Malaysia summit was widely expected to focus on ways to enhance the countries' bilateral relationship and expand their economic cooperation.

Bilateral trade between South Korea and Malaysia jumped nearly 15 percent from US$16.7 billion in 2017 to $19.2 billion last year, according to Moon's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.

Moon's trip to the region also seeks to improve his country's relations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) under his New Southern Policy.

Malaysia, along with Brunei and Cambodia, are members of the 10-member ASEAN.

Moon is scheduled to hold a special South Korea-ASEAN summit later in the year to mark the 30th anniversary of establishing their dialogue relations.

The South Korea president will end his visit here Thursday to head for Cambodia, the third and last leg of his three-nation tour.

Source: Yonhap news Agency