Japanese and Korean parliamentarians participate in International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

On August 24, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, Assistant Secretary for Education and Cultural Affairs Lee Satterfield, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Chung Pak, and Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment Jose Fernandez joined the U.S. Department of State’s Key Professionals. I met with Japanese and Korean parliamentarians participating in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), a house exchange program. They discussed how cooperation among these three countries can contribute to a more peaceful, just and secure world.

The conference was part of the group’s five-day professional program in Washington, DC. Participants also attended meetings with the National Security Council and the Department of Defense to discuss regional policy. During the remainder of their time in the capital, visitors will meet with think tanks and academia to discuss cooperation between the three countries. This IVLP strengthens the legislative relationship between the United States and Japan and South Korea, allows participants to connect with their US counterparts, and promotes Japan-Korea (ROK) bilateral and trilateral cooperation related to security and prosperity in Northeast Asia. is intended to discuss

Since 1940, the IVLP program has strengthened U.S. engagement with nations around the world and built lasting relationships by connecting current and emerging foreign leaders with their U.S. counterparts.

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