Releases on Asia and the Pacific
December 19, 2012

(WASHINGTON)- U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on the presidential election in the Republic of Korea. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“I extend my sincere congratulations to President-elect Park Geun-hye as she prepares to assume her new role as President of South Korea, a key U.S. ally.  Ms. Park will face many challenges in the months and years ahead, including a nuclear and belligerent North Korea.  It is important that her friends here in the U.S. stand beside South Korea in opposition to its aggressive northern communist neighbors.

“Let me also express my personal admiration for her ability to shatter the glass ceiling in Korea in order to become the first-elected female leader in northeast Asia.  I have no doubt her leadership will continue South Korea’s prosperity and her accomplishments will be remembered for generations to come.”




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