Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the Republic of Korea's 71st Independence Day

OTTAWA, Aug. 15, 2016 /CNW/ - The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement in recognition of the 71st anniversary of the Republic of Korea's independence:

"Today, we join the people of the Republic of Korea and members of the Korean-Canadian community in celebrating the 71st anniversary of Korea's independence, also known as 'Gwangbokjeol,' or 'Restoration of Light Day.'

"Over sixty years ago, thousands of Canadians fought in the Korean War in the defence of the Republic of Korea. Since then, our two countries have enjoyed a close and friendly relationship, based on our shared history, common values, and robust economic ties.

"I look forward to working with President Park to further build upon our commercial relations and warm friendship.

"On behalf of the Government of Canada, Sophie and I invite all Canadians to reflect on the significant contributions Canadians of Korean descent have made to our national fabric, and wish all those celebrating today a happy Independence Day."

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