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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement announcing that he has invited President Lee Myung-bak of the Republic of Korea to address a joint meeting of Congress on Thursday, October 13, 2011:  

“The American and South Korean peoples share deep ties rooted in history and common values.  The Republic of Korea has been a strong ally and partner in promoting democracy, advancing economic freedom, and combating nuclear proliferation.  It would be an honor to have President Lee, a steadfast friend of the American people, address the United States Congress.”

NOTE: Lee Myung-bak is the 10th president of the Republic of Korea.  He last visited the Capitol on June 16, 2009.