Gardner Meets with Republic of Korea President Park Geun-hye

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, announced that he met with the President of the Republic of Korea (ROK), Park Geun-hye, in Seoul earlier today as part of an official trip to countries in East Asia. 

President Park assumed office as the 11th President of the Republic of Korea in 2013, and is the first woman to hold that post. 

"The U.S.-ROK partnership is the bedrock of peace and security in East Asia,” Gardner said. “Ours is a historic partnership forged in blood, and maintaining and strengthening the U.S.-ROK alliance must be a primary goal of United States foreign policy in the region.  

“In our meeting, President Park and I discussed ways to strengthen the U.S.-ROK alliance, including promoting economic opportunity and enhancing military cooperation in the face of regional security threats such as North Korea. We touched on her upcoming visit to Washington in October, on which I look forward to greeting her.                                                                                                                

“I reiterated that the United States must have a consistent, focused engagement with our allies in East Asia that will provide economic opportunity and contribute to regional security and stability.  I thanked President Park for her bold leadership and for the opportunity to advance the U.S.-ROK alliance, as well as her work to promote peace in East Asia.  I will work hard to advance policies of consistent engagement with our strong allies in the Asia-Pacific region, such as the ROK.”