Congratulating Inauguration of Madam President Park Geun-Hye, South Korea’s First Female Presidentby Representative Charles B. Rangel
Posted on 2013-02-25
of new york
in the house of representatives
Monday, February 25, 2013
Mr. RANGEL. Mr. Speaker, I am proud to join millions of people across
the world in congratulating Madam President Park Geun-hye as she
ascends to the Presidency. This historic occasion of swearing in a
female to the head of government reflects the tremendous leaps that The
Republic of Korea has made to become a shining example of one of the
most successful democracies in the world. South Korea has emerged from
the ashes of war into a giant in Asia and throughout the international
As we commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Armistice and the mutual military treaty, I am pleased to reaffirm my commitment to strengthening the bloodshed U.S.-Korea alliance in my capacity as a Member of the U.S. Congress. South Korea is among the closest allies of the United States, having contributed troops in support of United States operations during the Vietnam war, Gulf war, and operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, while also supporting numerous United Nations peacekeeping missions throughout the world.
In addition to being a major military ally to the United States, South Korea is our nation's seventh-largest trading partner. As the Ranking Member of House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, I look forward to working with President Park's Administration to implement the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement.
As a Korean War Veteran, I could not be more proud to witness today's Dynamic Korea. Seoul's skyscrapers, booming businesses and rising apartment buildings are a testament to the resiliency and determination of the Korean people. I send my best wishes to President Park and applaud the people and country that will always hold a special place in my heart.