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Joint Session of Congress Receiving the Honorable Park Geun Hye, President of the Republic of Korea

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. POE of Texas. Mr. Speaker, a few weeks ago, Congressman Israel and I asked Speaker Boehner to invite President Park Geun Hye (``Gun Hay''), South Korea's first female president, to address a Joint Session of Congress.

Tomorrow, we officially welcome her here in this Chamber.

Her visit is important to both of our nations, but also to my district in Texas where a vibrant and engaged Korean American community lives in Spring Branch and Houston.

In stark contrast to its neighbor to the North led by media-hungry dictator, Junior,--South Korea shines as a beacon democracy and freedom.

S. Korea is also an important trading partner--America's 7th largest--and with the implementation of our Free Trade Agreement, our trade relations will only get better.

Tomorrow, we celebrate our friendship and partnership, or as President Park recently said: ``the most successful alliance in history.''
I couldn't agree more.

America is here to help South Korea, as they are here to help us.
That's what friends do for each other.
And that's just the way it is.

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