(No. 290 - October 2, 2009 - 7:30 p.m. EDT) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement congratulating the people of the Republic of Korea on the occasion of their National Foundation Day:
"Canada congratulates the people of the Republic of Korea on this anniversary of the founding of the first state of the ancient Korean nation.
"Canadians played a key role in defending the young republic in the early 1950s, and from that promising start, Canada-Korea relations have blossomed. Our two countries now maintain a positive dialogue on many issues.
"As we extend our warmest wishes to the people of the Republic of Korea on this important day, we also look forward to our close collaboration in 2010 as chairs of the G8 and G20."
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