Airport Arrival Remarks
Ambassador Mark Lippert
Incheon Airport, Seoul, Republic of Korea
October 30, 2016
[Delivered in Korean]
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, I am Mark Lippert. I am glad to see you all, and I am thrilled to be here in Korea representing the United States as the U.S. Ambassador.
I would also like to introduce my wife Robyn. She is very excited to be moving to Korea. We’re very happy that soon there will be another member of the Lippert family.
We are all looking forward to life in Korea. Ladies and gentlemen, the partnership between our two nations is one of most sacred and special relationships that exist in the world.
It is built on the foundation of shared sacrifices, common values, rich history and deep respect for our respective cultures.
[Delivered in English]
I am deeply and personally invested in all aspects of this relationship.
It has been an honor to work on this partnership for many years on Capitol Hill, at the White House, the Pentagon, and now as the U.S. Ambassador. This is the opportunity of a lifetime, to be able to work closely with the Government and people of Korea to advance our relations in all aspects of this important partnership. I am excited and committed to work together with everyone to broaden and deepen the U.S.-ROK relationship.
I will work to ensure we remain fully aligned in our efforts to achieve the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea, and prevent proliferation of key technologies.
I will work to strengthen our critical military alliance, expand our economic and trade relationship, and ensure that our alliance continues to tackle global challenges – from counter-terrorism and counter-piracy, to climate change and development.
And, I will strive to bolster our countries’ strong people-to-people ties, which reinforce our shared values and interests.
I am constantly reminded of just how deep, personal, and meaningful this relationship is between our two nations.
It goes beyond just security, economic or political interests.
There is a deeper fabric that ties our nations. Simply put, our destinies have been intertwined – and will continue to be in the 21st century.
In closing, let me reiterate that Robyn and I are thrilled to be here in Korea. We have a strong affection for Korean traditions and culture – especially Korean food!
We both played sports in college and love the outdoors. And, we are looking forward to making new friends as we explore this great country, often with our dog, Grigsby.
We are going to work each and every day on this special relationship.
And, we hope that when our tour comes to an end in a few years, the ties between our nations will be even stronger, our citizens will be more secure and prosperous, and the Lippert family will be bigger!
Thank you for your friendship. Thank you for bearing with us as we navigated the logistical difficulties of international air flights and air travel. And a special thank you to Korean Air for helping us get here.
And I’d also like to give a quick shout out to my Korean teacher Sunil Kim back at the Foreign Service Institute at the State Department.
I’ll do my best. Thank you.