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Remarks at the State Luncheon in Honor of the State Visit of Republic of Korea President Lee and Mrs. Kim Yoon-Ok


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Ben Franklin Room
Washington, DC
October 13, 2011

Please be seated and welcome to the Ben Franklin Room here on the eighth floor of the State Department for this celebratory state lunch in honor of President Lee, Mrs. Kim, and the Korean delegation. It is especially fitting that President Lee is here for the first state visit by a Korean president in 13 years.Our alliance has never been stronger and the enduring partnership that we have built over decades of cooperation is a symbol of security, stability, peace, and prosperity. And President Lee’s vision for a global Korea is strengthening and deepening our relationship in new areas from peacekeeping to antipiracy, from stemming climate change to ending nuclear proliferation.

And I’m proud to announce another new venue for cooperation: The United States will host a pavilion at the 2012 Yeosu World Expo in partnership with Philippe Cousteau, Jr. (Applause.) This pavilion would not be possible without the support of our partners and generous sponsors, so I want to thank everyone involved.

And finally, of course today we celebrate the passage of one of our most important joint achievements, the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement. (Applause.) This landmark agreement will spur economic growth in both our countries, bringing our nations even closer together. It is another clear example of the United States commitment to the Asia Pacific region. We are a resident military, diplomatic, and economic power and we are in Asia to stay. (Applause.)

And now it is my great pleasure to introduce a stalwart advocate of the relationship between our two countries and an eloquent spokesperson for the importance of building strong ties, Vice President Biden. (Applause.)


The photos show President Lee’s arrival on the White House lawn this morning as well as the festivities at the State Department luncheon.

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Public Schedule for October 13, 2011

Public Schedule

Washington, DC
October 13, 2011


8:00 a.m.  Secretary Clinton delivers remarks to the U.S.-India Higher Education Summit, in Washington, DC.

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9:00 a.m.  Secretary Clinton participates in the State Visit Arrival Ceremony of Republic of Korea President Lee Myung-Bak, at the White House.

10:00 a.m.  Secretary Clinton joins President Obama’s bilateral meetings with Republic of Korea President Lee, at the White House.

1:15 p.m.  Secretary Clinton, Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden co-host a State Luncheon in honor of the State Visit of Republic of Korea President Lee and Mrs. Kim Yoon-Ok, at the Department of State.

2:15 p.m.  Secretary Clinton, Vice President Biden, President Lee and Foreign Minister Kim celebrate the announcement of U.S. participation in the Expo 2012 Yeosu, at the Department of State.

3:30 p.m.  Secretary Clinton meets with Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker, at the Department of State.

4:15 p.m.  Secretary Clinton joins Deputy Secretary Burns’ meeting with Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal, Sarah Shourd and their families, at the Department of State.

7:00 p.m.  Secretary Clinton attends President and Mrs. Obama’s State Dinner in honor of Republic of Korea President Lee and Mrs. Kim Yoon-Ok, at the White House.

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Thanks to P.J. Crowley in today’s Daily Press Briefing, we get to see a little preview of Mme. Secretary’s schedule for tomorrow!  Here is what he outlined.

Philip J. Crowley
Assistant Secretary
Daily Press Briefing
Washington, DC
October 29, 2010

Tomorrow, she will have a breakfast meeting with counterparts from the Lower Mekong Initiative Countries of Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia; discuss regional challenges in health, education, and the environment. She’ll have a couple of bilaterals as well, I believe, including the president of Korea, as well as her counterpart, Foreign Minister Lavrov. I’m going to have full clarity on her schedule tomorrow.And then she will, having attended the dinner of the East Asia Summit this evening, she’ll also represent President Obama tomorrow as a guest of the chair and the first-ever participation in the East Asia Summit. And comprehensive discussions will also follow with her Vietnamese counterpart, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Khiem. And there, we expect to get into expanded discussion and that will include the human rights situation in Vietnam.

Busy, busy, busy as a pretty little bee!

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Earlier today I posted some lovely images of Secretary Clinton arriving in Hanoi wearing this fabulous gold silk jacket. In case you wondered where she went from there, the story unfolds thus.

Accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Michael Michalak, she walked past an honor guard at the airport and was transported to an ASEAN Summit dinner party.

There, as expected, she encountered Indian PM Singh.

She posed with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his wife Tran Thanh Kiem.

And greeted Australian PM Julia Gillard.

She always seems to have some little secret to whisper to South Korea’s President Lee.


I know I am shamelessly biased, but it looks to me like she was the Belle of the Ball!

She also participated in a conference with PM Nguyen.

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Today, at the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C., Secretary Clinton joined South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. Here is a slideshow of the wreath-laying ceremony. It was a beautiful day, today, commemorating a devastating and sad period in Korean and U.S. history.

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