On January 15, Ambassador Donald Lu met with Democratic Party Chairman Lulzim Basha. During their meeting they affirmed the long, historic friendship between the United States and Albania, and recognized our shared values. The Ambassador stressed the United States’ firm support for Albania’s continuing Euro-Atlantic aspirations, and our commitment to helping Albania achieve those aspirations. Ambassador Lu conveyed the appreciation of the United States for Albania’s support as a NATO Ally, its important contributions to our common mission in Afghanistan, and assistance in countering ISIL and terrorism. The Ambassador looked forward to the opening of Parliament. He encouraged dialogue and cooperation between the opposition and the governing majority in implementing the December 24 resolution, and in working together for the common future that Albanians want.