Joint Statement on the Second Annual U.S.-Republic of Korea Democratic Governance Consultations

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On October 13, the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK) held the second annual US-ROK Democratic Governance Consultations in Washington, DC.

Undersecretary for Civil Security, Democracy and Human Rights Uzra Zeya delivered a speech highlighting the strength of the U.S.-Korea alliance, especially in our joint effort to promote democracy and respect for human rights in the world. ROK Director General for International Organizations Kang Joo-yeon and US Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Scott Busby were the senior representatives of the consultations .

During the consultations, the Republic of Korea and the United States discussed cooperation to promote respect for human rights and democracy globally, including through the Democracy Summit, and shared their efforts to promote respect for human rights and democracy in each country. The United States and the Republic of Korea agreed that the interagency consultations provide an opportunity to deepen understanding of the two countries’ policies and activities in promoting respect for human rights and democracy in the country. and abroad and continue to explore areas of cooperation.

Helen D. Jessen