Statement by the Prime Minister on National Liberation Day of Korea

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today issued the following statement on Korea’s National Liberation Day:

“Today, we join Korean communities in Canada and around the world to mark the 77e Korean Independence Day.

“Also called the Gwangbokjeol or “Day of Restoration of Light”, Korea’s National Liberation Day commemorates the end of World War II and the liberation of the Korean Peninsula after 35 years of Japanese occupation. Exactly three years later, on August 15, 1948, the Republic of Korea was officially established and the country set out on the path to becoming the vibrant and thriving democracy we know today.

“Today we celebrate the strong ties that bind Canada and the Republic of Korea, including those that the two countries forged while fighting side by side in the Korean War. The ties that have been forged between our populations further strengthen our friendship and our partnership. As such, we worked together to implement the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement, Canada’s first bilateral free trade agreement in the Indo-Pacific region. Additionally, we share an unwavering commitment to democracy, the rule of law, regional stability, and free and open international trade. Next year, our countries will celebrate 60 years of our diplomatic relations – a milestone that will allow us to further strengthen our strategic partnership.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I encourage all Canadians to recognize the many contributions Korean Canadians have made, and continue to make, to our country. I extend my best wishes to all those celebrating Korea’s National Liberation Day in Canada and around the world. »

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