President Obama was in the Republic of Korea, where he met with President Park to underscore America’s commitment to the Asia-Pacific region and the Korean people. You can read their remarks at http://go.usa.gov/kpGR and check out http://go.usa.gov/kyPB for the latest information on the trip.
President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a Combined Forces Command Briefing at Yongsan Garrison in Seoul, Republic of Korea on April 26, 2014. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]
Follow President Obama’s trip to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines. The President’s fifth trip to Asia during his time in office will underscore a continued focus on the Asia-Pacific region and commitment to his vision of rebalancing to the world’s largest emerging region. Follow @WhiteHouse and go to WhiteHouse.gov for the latest information.
Secretary Kerry was greeted by members of the South Korean honor guard in traditional military uniforms upon arrival in South Korea today for his second visit as Secretary of State.
About the Author: Hannah Bae serves as a Public Affairs Assistant at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, the Republic of Korea.
Here in Seoul, we are quite familiar with hosting U.S. Secretaries of State. South Korea is one of the United States’ closest allies, which means our two countries engage in a great deal of close cooperation and coordination. This year we celebrate “Sixty Years of Partnership and Shared Prosperity,” as we mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice, the U.S.-ROK Mutual Defense Treaty, and the launch of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea, among other key events.
For this Secretary-level visit, however, there were a number of new variables. New Republic of Korea President Park Geun-hye, in office a few short months, was meeting new U.S. Secretary of State… more »
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is escorted by Moon Seoung-hyun, Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for North America, and accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Sung Kim upon his arrival in Seoul, South Korea, on April 12, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]
Richard Buangan serves as Director of Digital Engagement at the U.S. Department of State.
Followers of @StateDept watched the State Department’s Twitter account surpass 500,000 followers this week, and also saw Secretary of State John Kerry wage a friendly bet with his Canadian counterpart, Foreign Minister John Baird, on whether the U.S. women’s team would beat Canada’s team in the women’s world hockey championship. The U.S. team won the game, and Foreign Minister Baird made good on the bet, offering Secretary Kerry a case of Canadian beer during the G-8 Foreign Ministers Meeting in London.
Secretary Kerry departed London today for East Asia, where he will visit the Republic of Korea, followed by travel to China and Japan. And, during his travel, you’ll discover more reasons to follow our websites and social media properties. First, we are pleased to announce our new U.S. Department of State Live webpage, where you’ll be able to watch the State Department’s daily press briefings, major speeches by the Secretary of State, and more. Tune in on Sunday, April 14 at approximately 8:30 p.m. EDT, when Secretary Kerry delivers remarks on U.S. engagement in the Asian-Pacific region. Our@StateDeptLive account will be tweeting the Secretary’s remarks live, and we’ll be releasing the latest photographs from his trip on Facebook, Flickr, and Tumblr.
You can also follow @StateDept and @eAsiaMediaHub for more details on the Secretary’s travel and go to the websites of our embassies in the Republic of Korea,China, and Japan for more on U.S. diplomacy in the region.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea Yun Byung-se after their meeting at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on April 2, 2013.
Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies delivers remarks on North Korea at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea on January 23, 2013. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/p/eap/rls/rm/2013/01/203145.htm
About the Author: Siriana Nair serves as Senior Economic Officer in the Office of Regional Affairs in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs.
My journey on the road to Samarkand brings me to the Navoi International Airport and cargo facility, where I am met by airport executives who brief me and my colleagues on the joint venture cargo operation between Uzbekistan Airways and Korean Air. They give us a tour of the site, noting that Korea is Uzbekistan’s fourth largest trading partner, after Russia, China, and Kazakhstan. Trade with the United States, on the other hand, is a mere two percent of Uzbekistan’s total trade, highlighting the enormous potential for future growth. On the tour, I learn that weekly flights from New Delhi, Mumbai, Dhaka, and other South and East Asian cities use the facility for shipping their goods to Europe, Russia, and the Middle East — a very modern incarnation of the ancient Silk Road.… more »