Ruling party leaders to visit US in Jul 23

  • Leaders of South Korea’s ruling party are set to visit the US next month to follow up on President Yoon Suk Yeol’s April summit with US President Joe Biden.
  • The People Power Party said on 22 Jun its chair, Rep. Kim Gi-hyeon, and the rest of the leadership will be heading to Washington, DC, on July 10 to meet with US Congress members to “reinvigorate” bilateral parliamentary dialogue as the two countries mark the 70th anniversary of their alliance.
  • Rep. Kang Min-kuk, who will be joining the delegation as the party’s chief spokesperson, told The Korea Herald that the trip is intended to support Yoon’s efforts to deepen the alliance with the US and to follow up on the commitments outlined in the Washington Declaration on a parliamentary level.
  • In a previous interview with The Korea Herald, the speaker of the South Korean Assembly Rep. Kim Jin-pyo said he would be making a trip to the US later this year in a bid to broaden parliamentary cooperation.
  • The announcement of the US visit by the ruling party follows the Democratic Party of Korea lawmakers’ recent controversy-ridden trip to China. The trip came amid Seoul’s ongoing spat over Chinese ambassador Xing Haiming’s remarks during a dinner meeting with Rep. Lee Jae-myung, the leader of the opposition and Yoon’s onetime presidential rival.

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