President Moon Jae-in and Chinese President Xi Jinping have vowed to strengthen their cooperation in order to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak.
During their 30-minute phone conversation on Thursday evening, the two leaders agreed to share relevant clinical experience and to step up cooperation between quarantine authorities.
It was their first phone call since the outbreak.
President Moon expressed hope that China overcomes the outbreak and thanked Xi for Beijing's cooperation to fly out its nationals from the Chinese city of Wuhan -- the epicenter of the virus.
President Moon also called for continued cooperation in protecting South Korean people and companies in China.
The Chinese leader also thanked South Korea for its support, adding that the two neighbors are cooperating well to overcome the difficulties they are facing.
He added that he was impressed with President Moon's remarks that China's difficulties were those of South Korea too.
Xi explained the Chinese government's response measures, adding that there's growing hope that they will be able to contain the situation.
The two leaders also touched upon other issues of mutual interest.
They agreed that the most urgent matter on the Korean Peninsula was the resumption of talks between North Korea and the U.S.
The South Korean president said that inter-Korean cooperation will be able to facilitate Pyeongyang-Washington dialogue, to which President Xi expressed support for Moon's peace drive.
The two leaders also agreed to push ahead with plans for President Xi to visit South Korea within the first half of this year, vowing to secure a date through diplomatic channels. Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.