Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) today received The Order of Diplomatic Service Merit, Gwanghwa Medal, 1st Class, for his significant contributions to strengthening relations between the Republic of Korea and the United States. The medal is the highest honor a foreign dignitary can receive from the Republic of Korea.
On receiving the award, Chairman Royce said: “I am honored to receive one of Korea’s highest distinctions. I have long championed closer ties between our two nations. As a member of Congress from Southern California, I have seen Korean Americans serve as important pillars of strength for the friendship between the U.S. and South Korea. I know firsthand the incredible respect Korean Americans have for their heritage and for their adopted homeland, the United States. Korean Americans’ love for the U.S. has continually driven me to work to bolster a partnership I firmly believe is the most important in Asia.
“The United States has no better partner and friend in the Asia Pacific than the Republic of Korea. And that is why I’ve dedicated so much time focusing on this special partnership. The future of our partnership is bright, and I will continue to build upon our truly remarkable progress.”
Republic of Korea Ambassador Ahn: “It is my immense, yet humble honor to bestow upon Chairman Ed Royce, The Order of Diplomatic Service Merit 'Gwanghwa' Medal. The scope and breadth of the Chairman's indispensable leadership, unwavering support and personal affection for the U.S.-Korea alliance has been both remarkable and unmatched in his nearly a quarter century of service in the United States Congress. The Gwanghwa Medal carries with it, a deep and abiding appreciation for Chairman Royce's distinguished career not just as a legislator but as a true statesman and ardent defender of democracy, free market economy and the rule of law on the Korean Peninsula, in Northeast Asia and beyond. It is given in the spirit of friendship, admiration, and gratitude by the Government and people of the Republic of Korea. I wish to extend my heartfelt congratulations to Chairman Royce and to also his wife Marie."
NOTE: Chairman Royce has worked to highlight the historic wrongs committed against the "Comfort Women," denuclearize the Kim regime, strengthen U.S.-Korea trade ties through KORUS, and address the abysmal human rights situation in North Korea.