Arriving at the White House in the morning at Washington time, South Korean President Yoon and his wife Kim Keon Hee welcomed Biden and his wife Jill Biden with an official ceremony.
The national anthems of both countries were sung at the ceremony where a military ceremony was held with Yoon’s arrival. Korean War veterans also attended the ceremony.
In his speech here, Biden stated that the alliance between the two countries is an “unbreakable bond” and commemorated the soldiers who fought in the Korean War, who contributed to the strength of the two democracies today.
Stating that the funeral of Luther H. Story, a soldier who died in the Korean War but could not be found for 73 years, was found with the joint efforts of the USA and South Korea, Biden talked about the work of the two countries in this context.
Pointing out that the bilateral alliance has become stronger in the last 70 years, Biden referred to their cooperation in the fields of economy, technology, democratic values, advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific, clean energy issues, as well as support for Ukraine.
South Korean President Yoon emphasized that the alliance between the two countries is not based on interests, but on values that “protects freedom”.
Saying that he came to the USA to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the alliance, Yoon thanked Biden for his invitation.
Biden and Yoon went to the Oval Office to have a bilateral meeting after the ceremony. The leaders will hold a joint press conference after their meeting.