SEOUL, Sept. 18 (Yonhap) -- The leaders of South Korea and Saudi Arabia agreed Wednesday to strengthen partnerships in the fight against terrorist acts, such as the recent drone attack on oil facilities in the Middle Eastern nation.
In phone talks, President Moon Jae-in and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also emphasized the importance of a unified response to the problem by the international community.
"The attack on Saudi oil facilities represents a threat to security not only in South Korea but also in the whole world, and the international community needs to deal resolutely with the issue," Moon told the crown prince, according to Cheong Wa Dae.
The president reaffirmed Seoul's support for global efforts to root out terrorism and stressed that such an attack that jeopardizes international energy security shouldn't recur, it added.
The Saudi leader agreed that the international community should be united in handling the matter.
He requested South Korea's help in a plan to beef up his nation's air defense system and the two sides agreed to continue consultations on it, Cheong Wa Dae said.
Moon also pointed out that Saudi Arabia is South Korea's top oil supplier. Last year, South Korea imported 323 million barrels of crude from Saudi Arabia, accounting for nearly 30 percent of its total oil imports, official data show.
The crown prince was quoted as telling Moon that while his country's crude oil production has halved due to the terror attack, it would be possible to recover the output "100 percent" within 10 days.
S. Korea, Japan ties again at major juncture in leadership transition period
Sejong closer to becoming virtual administrative capital
(News Focus) City development controversy widens amid revelation of astronomical severance pay for opposition lawmaker's son
On U.S. trip, Moon highlights S. Korea's global role, vaccine hub vision
Moon seeks breakthrough in peace process with concrete offer of war-ending declaration