Seoul Hosts Bilateral Talks Between Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul and U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson

SEOUL - South Korean Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul met with U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson on Friday to discuss a range of issues including the strengthening of the South Korea-U.S. alliance, mutual cooperation with Japan, and the North Korea situation. The meeting, held in Seoul, aimed to enhance bilateral relations and address shared concerns.

According to Yonhap News Agency, during the discussions, Cho emphasized the strengthened ties between South Korea and the United States across various domains, such as security, economy, and cultural exchanges. He expressed hope for the further development of these relations based on close coordination between the two countries. Cho also extended his gratitude to the U.S. Congress for its robust support of the South Korea-U.S. alliance and requested Wilson's ongoing focus on Korean issues, acknowledging his long-standing support and expertise in foreign and military affairs.

A key topic discussed was the importance of creating a predictable and sustainable business environment for South Korean companies investing in the U.S. market. Cho highlighted the need for U.S. legislative changes to increase the visa quota for professional workers. This measure is seen as crucial for addressing workforce shortages and facilitating smooth business operations for these companies.

Cho also briefed Congressman Wilson on the significance of trilateral cooperation among the U.S., South Korea, and Japan in effectively countering North Korea's nuclear and missile threats and maintaining regional peace and stability.

Congressman Wilson, recognized for his active interest in the South Korea-U.S. alliance, bilateral economic cooperation, and issues pertaining to the Korean Peninsula, serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Armed Services in the U.S. House of Representatives. He also co-chairs the Congressional Korea Caucus, a bipartisan group dedicated to promoting bilateral ties and raising awareness of Korea-related issues in Congress.

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