Promising future partnerships on smart cities and ICT-related businesses the leaders of South Korea and Brunei have renewed their countries' ties ahead of the ASEAN-KOREA Commemorative Summit scheduled to begin on Monday.
President Moon Jae-in shook hands with Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, who will also attend the ASEAN summits in Busan.
The leaders promised substantive cooperation for the development of the bilateral ties.
"In ICT, smart cities and electronic government, the potential of our two countries' bilateral coperation is infinite. If Brunei's Vision 2035 and our administration's New Southern Policy move forward together, our two countries will be able to broaden the scope of our cooperation and achieve co-prosperity."
The president was referring to Brunei's long-term development plan Vision 2035 aimed at revamping the country's resource-dependent economic structure and making Brunei an industrial economy.
For that, the leaders agreed to look into "specific cooperation projects" so that Korean IT firms can share their experience in Brunei's smart city projects including the Kampong Ayer water village.
The leaders also exchanged views on mutually beneficial relations in defense and arms development as well as active cooperation on security conditions on the Korean Peninsula.
"As the ASEAN coordinator, Brunei will continue to work closely with the ROK towards building a stronger and comprehensive partnership."
Marking the 35th anniversary of diplomatic ties, the two leaders renewed their countries' relationship in a joint statement promising a united push for synergy not only between the two nations but throughout the ASEAN bloc.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News Busan.