President Moon Jae-in has expressed hope that Vienna known for its creative and sustainable urban development will cooperate with South Korea's local governments in various smart city initiatives.
President Moon met on Monday with Vienna Mayor Michael Ludwig as part of his state visit to Austria.
He said Vienna is a model case he wants to know more about.
"Vienna wisely overcame the shock of last year's terror attack, and is leading in the areas of urban restoration and smart city. I hope for active exchange and cooperation between Vienna and South Korea's local governments."
President Moon also asked the city to pay special attention to ethnic South Koreans in Austria with roughly 80 percent of the 27-hundred South Koreans in Austria calling Vienna home.
Ludwig thanked President Moon for visiting and praised him for his efforts for peace and human rights.
"I think it's very important for cooperation on the economic and political front, especially in terms of international relations. I'd like to express Austria's support for peace and labor market issues, like the minimum wage."
Later Monday President Moon met Wolfgang Sobotka, the speaker of the Austrian parliament's lower house to discuss measures to develop bilateral ties, especially at the parliamentary level.
He was accompanied by two South Korean lawmakers who joined him as special delegates.
President Moon called on Austria to beat the pandemic based on the two sides' mutual trust, and to prepare for the post-COVID era as strategic partners.
Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News.