Seoul, South Korea – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the Congressional delegation’s visit to South Korea:
“The United States and South Korea share a strong bond formed for security and forged by decades of warm friendship. Our Congressional delegation traveled to Seoul to reaffirm our treasured ties and our shared commitment to advancing security and stability, economic growth and democratic governance.
“To that end, we were honored to be hosted by the Korean National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo at a bilateral parliamentary meeting, where we reaffirmed our commitment to the U.S.-Korea alliance to advance security, strengthen our supply chains, and increase trade and investments that are beneficial to both our nations.
“Next, the Speaker hosted a beautiful and early celebration of the 70-year anniversary of our alliance. We enjoyed Korean culture, food, music and statements honoring the partnership in the magnificent Sarangae.
“The delegation was pleased to engage in a phone meeting with Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol. On the call, we thanked the President for Korea’s hospitality of 28,000 U.S. Servicemembers and their families. Each Member engaged in conversation with the President, highlighting areas of continued cooperation to advance a free and open Indo-Pacific.
“It was a joy to meet with our next generation of global leaders at a youth roundtable hosted by the Legation House Council Network at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul. With these inspiring young people, we discussed their top priorities for South Korea and for the world, including the climate crisis, economic opportunity and advancing Democracy. The discussion with our Members was a lively and enjoyable one. These young people know that the future belongs to them — and they are ready to own it.
“It was a privilege to engage with American heroes in uniform on the ground in Korea, led by General Paul LaCamera, Commander, U.S. Forces Korea. During visits to the Demilitarized Zone/Joint Security Area (DMZ/JSA) and Osan Air Base, we conveyed the gratitude of the Congress and the Country for the patriotic service of our Servicemembers, who stand as sentinels of Democracy on the Korean peninsula. Our Members also greeted members of the Korean Honor Guard, whose devoted service is crucial to defending the Korean people.
“As we proceed with our Congressional delegation visit, we seek to strengthen our partnerships in the region and further a free and open Indo-Pacific.”