Remarks at Incheon Airport

Antony J. Blinken
Deputy Secretary of State
Incheon, South Korea
February 8, 2015

Thank you very much. Good afternoon. It’s very good to be here. This is my first trip and my first stop as Deputy Secretary of State, and I think that reflects the importance that President Obama and Secretary Kerry attach both to the region, but especially to our relationship with the Republic of Korea. I am very much looking forward to meeting with my counterparts in the government and working on strengthening even more the relationship that binds our countries together. We have a foundation of shared interests, increasing ties between our peoples, increasing economic ties, and indeed, increasingly a global partnership.

We began in a relationship founded on our common interests on the Peninsula. That’s expanded to a partnership that focuses not just on the Peninsula, but on the region, and indeed the world. The partnership between the United States and the Republic of Korea is increasingly a global partnership and that’s something I very much look forward to working on.

Most immediately though, I’m really looking forward to having Ambassador Lippert take me out to dinner for some real Korean food. That’s the most immediate and urgent item on my agenda. Thanks very much.