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group photo in front of Supreme Court Photo credit: IVLP Interpreter Hee Seok Chae

On August 24, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Lee Satterfield, Acting Assistant Secretary for the East Asia Pacific Bureau Jung Pak, and Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Jose Fernandez met with parliamentary leaders from Japan and the Republic of Korea who are participating in an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. They discussed how trilateral cooperation amongst these three countries can contribute to a more peaceful, just, and secure world.

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sitting around a conference room table Photo credit: U.S. Department of State

This meeting was part of the group’s five days of professional programming in Washington, D.C. The participants also attended meetings with the National Security Council and the Department of Defense to discuss regional policy. During their remaining time in the nation’s capital, the visitors will meet with think tanks and academia to discuss trilateral cooperation. This IVLP aims to strengthen U.S. legislative ties with Japan and the Republic of Korea and allow the participants to connect with U.S. counterparts to discuss the Japan-Republic of Korea (ROK) bilateral relationship and trilateral cooperation related to security and prosperity in Northeast Asia.
Since 1940, the IVLP program has strengthened U.S. engagement with countries around the world and built lasting relationships by connecting current and emerging foreign leaders with their American counterparts.
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly and peaceful relations. We accomplish this mission through academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges that engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and rising leaders in the United States and more than 160 countries.

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