South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak Addresses Congress

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  1. Korean President Addresses Joint Meeting of Congress

    In a packed House chamber, Lee Myung-bak, the president of the Republic of Korea, addressed a joint meeting of Congress this afternoon, telling lawmakers of his humble beginnings in the war-torn Korean peninsula as he spelled out the importance of the bilateral relationship his country shares with the United States.

    “Your friendship – and our alliance – has been indispensible throughout this remarkable journey of hope, and this is why all of you should be proud of what Korea and the Korean people have achieved,” Lee said. “Our alliance will grow and evolve, and it will prevail.”

  2. South Korean President Addresses US Congress, Stresses Strong Alliance

    South Korean President Lee Myung-bak has addressed a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress and was warmly received by both Democratic and Republican members of the House and the Senate. He stressed the strong economic ties the two countries share and the mutual defense alliance they forged 58 years ago to the day Thursday.

    Republican House Speaker John Boehner introduced South Korean President Lee to a full chamber of enthusiastic lawmakers.

    “Members of Congress, I have the high privilege and the distinct honor of presenting to you His Excellency Lee Myung Bak, President of the Republic of Korea,” said Boehner.

    The South Korean president was quick to thank both houses of Congress for passing a major trade agreement with South Korea Wednesday night, in a rare display of bipartisanship. He spoke through an interpreter.

    “And I am particularly grateful to the leadership of both parties, and to all the esteemed members of Congress for their support in ratifying the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement last night, in a swift manner, in a swift manner that I am told is quite unprecedented,” said Lee.

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