Senior US diplomat to visit S. Korea, Indonesia for talks on democracy, human rights

U.S. Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Uzra Zeya speaks to delegates during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the crisis in the Gaza Strip, at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., Jan. 23. Reuters-Yonhap

A senior U.S. diplomat will travel to South Korea and Indonesia for talks on democracy, human rights and other issues, the State Department said Friday.

As part of the trip from Saturday to March 22, Uzra Zeya, under secretary of state for civilian security, democracy and human rights, will visit Seoul, where she will meet people from the government, civil society and the education sector for collaboration on anti-trafficking efforts, global humanitarian efforts and other issues.

In Seoul, Zeya will also join Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the third Summit for Democracy that South Korea is hosting from Monday through Wednesday.

She plans to give remarks at the opening ceremony of the summit Tuesday to underscore the U.S. government’s commitment to supporting civil society and human rights defenders, according to the department.

In addition, she will give keynote remarks at an event, organized by the governments of the Netherlands and Denmark, to highlight the importance of upholding information integrity online.

In Jakarta, Zeya plans to work to advance bilateral cooperation under the two countries’ comprehensive strategic partnership announced by their presidents in November 2023, the department said. (Yonhap)

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