OTTAWA, Aug. 15, 2018 /CNW/ - The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement in recognition of the National Liberation Day of Korea:
"Today, Koreans around the world celebrate the 73rd National Liberation Day of Korea. This day in 1945 marked the end of the Second World War and set South Korea on a path that ultimately allowed it to become the vibrant democracy and prosperous country that it is today.
"Koreans all around the peninsula will show their pride on Liberation Day, also known as 'Gwangbokjeol', to recognize the accomplishments of Korean people around the world.
"This is also an occasion to celebrate the close bonds that unite Canada and South Korea – bonds forged as Canadian forces fought alongside South Koreans to protect their freedom during the Korean War. Since then, our two countries have become close friends and important economic partners who share a commitment to democratic values, free and open trade, and the rule of law.
"I look forward to continue working with President Moon Jae-in to further deepen the relationship between Canada and South Korea.
"On behalf of the Government of Canada, Sophie and I invite all Canadians to recognize the invaluable contributions Korean Canadians make to our country, and we send our best wishes to everyone celebrating Korea's Liberation Day."
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