Republic of Korea's National Day
Secretary of State
On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the Korean people on the anniversary of your independence this August 15. On my recent visit to the Republic of Korea, I joined in commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War and the struggle that forged the strong partnership between our countries.
This year also marks the 60th Anniversary of Fulbright in Korea, a testament to the deep and lasting friendship between the ROK and the United States. We look forward to Seoul hosting the G-20 Summit later this fall and the second Nuclear Security Summit in 2012. Your great success as a democratic nation and your emergence as a world economic leader continue to be an inspiration for all countries striving to develop. Today, we celebrate your history of accomplishment and reaffirm the great partnership and friendship between our nations. I wish all Koreans a safe and happy holiday celebration and continued peace and prosperity in the coming year.