2017 U.S. Congress – Republic of Korea National Assembly Exchange Program Reception

Both The U.S. Congress – Republic of Korea National Assembly Exchange Program and The Domestic Violence Legislation Program came together for a reception on Capitol Hill on July 18 with speakers from both the U.S. and the Korean government present. The evening showcased the continuation of a strong alliance between these two countries.

U.S. Congress and Republic of Korea National Assembly Exchange Delegates at the Capitol Hill Reception with Congressman Darren Soto

During the reception, U.S. Congressional and Korean National Assembly delegates discussed their experiences with the Korea exchange program. They commented on what they learned from their counterparts, the differences between political systems, and how the program connected to their personal and professional goals. Participants said they enjoyed spending time with their counterparts and visiting sites in D.C., and were looking forward to traveling to Korea for the next part of the program.

During the reception Representative Jung, Choun Sook and Representative Keum, Tae Sup from the National Assembly of Korea spoke to the U.S. Congressional and Korean National Assembly exchange participants about the importance of forging strong relationships and building our cross-cultural networks. They both spoke about how exchange programs and the networks that we create from these experiences further deepen our relationships with one another. They concluded their remarks by encouraging the U.S. participants to be sure to come and visit them once they are in Seoul, Korea.

Additionally, Congressmen Ralph Norman and Joe Wilson from South Carolina and Congressman Darren Soto from Florida spoke about the impact that the strong diplomatic relationship between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea has had on the national security, trade, and diplomacy of the two nations. They concluded by speaking about the important role that these exchange programs play in maintaining solidarity between the Republic of Korea and the United States and wished all the participants the best of luck as they continue their journey.

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