South Korean president-elect Park Geun Hye has hailed her country's longstanding relations with Iran, stressing that Seoul attaches great significance to the expansion of ties with Tehran in all fields, PressTV reported.
In a meeting with Iranian Ambassador to Seoul Ahmad Ma'soumifar on Friday, Park described the Islamic Republic to be among South Korea's major commercial partners in the Middle East.
Pointing to the historical and friendly ties between Tehran and Seoul, Park noted that 2012 marked the 50th year of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Iran and South Korea.
Park also called for stronger Seoul-Tehran relations in the cultural, educational and sports spheres.
During the meeting, Ma'soumifar extended Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's message of congratulations to Park on winning the presidential election in South Korea.
He said relations between Iran and South Korea over the past half century have always been "friendly and constructive."
Ma'soumifar also expressed hope for the further expansion of ties between Iran and South Korea during Park's tenure.