Remarks by Ambassador Kim at the Launch of “Engaging Youth for Building Resilience in Communities” Program

Chairman Spahiu, Deputy Minister Tole, Ambassador Del Monaco, Deputy Director Dervishaj, CVE Coordinator Dervishi, distinguished guests: I am honored to be here today as the Albanian Muslim Community re-initiates its program building resilience in youth and strengthening democracy in Albania. You may have heard me say the United States has three pillars of engagement with ... Read More»

Transcript of Interview Of U.S. Ambassador Yuri Kim with Journalist Anila Hoxha, Top Channel

Top Channel: Madam Ambassador, in this 30th anniversary of the re-establishment of Albania-U.S. relations, are you happy with their level? Ambassador Yuri Kim: I’m very happy with the level of U.S.-Albania relations. I think the great thing about U.S.-Albania relations is that there is tremendous potential and as you know, we have been working very ... Read More»

Health Alert

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania (November 05, 2021) Location: Worldwide Event: On October 25, President Biden announced the United States will adopt a global air travel policy. This policy prioritizes public health, protecting U.S. citizens and residents as well as those who come to visit us.  Effective November 8 all non-citizen, nonimmigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Yuri Kim

Ambassador Yuri Kim: I had a very good meeting this morning with Mr. Nano. I came here first to congratulate him and to wish him success on his new job. I reconfirmed that for us, the strong cooperation between the United States and Albania in law enforcement matters remains important. We will continue to provide ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert

Location Tirana: Vicinity of Prime Minister’s office at Dëshmorët e Kombit Boulevard: Date/Time: Monday, October 18, 2021, 05:00 pm Event: An additional protest has been announced for this evening in the vicinity of the Prime Minister’s office. This protest may migrate to alternate locations in Tirana, or similar gatherings may emerge in other parts of the city. The duration ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

Speaker Nikolla, Minister Manastirliu, Deputy Mayor Ruseti, Ms. McCluney, Ms. Kozma, Director Godaj, distinguished guests, courageous breast cancer survivors, and friends, it’s wonderful to be with you today! I was able to participate in the march last year in Elbasan and it is great to do it again this year here in Tirana. And I ... Read More»

COVID-19 Information

Click here for the latest alerts and messages for U.S. citizens in Albania.   Last updated on 11/05/2021. ***  Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States. U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but ... Read More»

Political Protest [Updated]

Location: In front of the Prime Minister’s office at “Deshmoret e Kombit” Boulevard in Tirana (announced gathering point) Date/Time: Wednesday October 6, 2021, 5:00 pm Event: A protest has been announced for this afternoon at the Prime Minister’s office. This protest may migrate to alternate locations in Tirana, or similar gatherings may emerge in other ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the Institute for Women in National and International Security Policy II

*Deputy Minister Bici, OSCE representative Nebiu, distinguished guests, students, and faculty, I am delighted to join you today for the Institute for Women in National and International Security Policy.  I am especially proud that Dr. Edlira Titini was inspired to create this institute after she participated in a U.S. sponsored program on policy making, and ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the 30-Year Anniversary Reception

Speaker Nikolla, Minister Xhacka, Ministers, fellow Ambassadors, and all of our distinguished guests, young and old, what a wonderful evening this is and what a great pleasure it is to be together! It is an honor to welcome you on this very special occasion, as we commemorate 30 years of renewed diplomatic relations between the ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the Israel-Albania Culture Festival

Përshëndetje, shalom. It’s very wonderful to be here, and I want to thank the Israel-Albania Culture Festival for including me in tonight’s activities. It’s a wonderful way to think about history, culture and art. I’m hoping that tonight as people watch Yael Katzir’s film “The Albanian Code”, it will remind them of the best of ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Demian Smith: 9/11 commemoration ceremony

September 10, 2021 Faleminderit të gjithëve që erdhët në ceremoninë e sotme. Dua t’iu uroj mirëseardhjen Ministrit të Mbrojtjes Peleshi, Zëvendësministres për Evropën dhe Punët e Jashtme Fino dhe shefit të shtabit Gjeneral Majorit Begaj. Faleminderit që jeni me ne në këtë ditë të rëndësishme. Friends, colleagues, Minister Peleshi, Deputy Minister Fino, and Major General ... Read More»

US Embassy Statement

The difficult decision announced yesterday by Chairman Lulzim Basha deserves respect. This decision demonstrates that – as was the case 30 years ago and at other critical moments in Albania’s history – the Democratic Party has the courage to break from the past in order to build the future, to help lead Albania forward. The ... Read More»

Security Alert for US Citizens

Location: Albania Event: U.S. citizens are urged to be cautious and vigilant when living and traveling abroad given the potential threat of terrorist attacks and extremist action against U.S. citizens and interests. As the 20th anniversary of September 11th approaches, the possibility for violence overseas may increase. Locations where crowds gather such as hotels, restaurants, ... Read More»

Updated Travel Advisory for U.S. Citizens

Location:  Albania Event:  On August 23, 2021, the Department of State updated the Travel Advisory for Albania . Please see the Travel Advisory below: Level 3: Reconsider travel to Albania due to COVID-19.  Exercise increased caution in Albania due to crime. Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Albania due to ... Read More»

Remarks by DCM Demian Smith at the Event Commemorating NBI Investigator Candidates Completing FBI Training

Ju faleminderit të gjithëve. Unë jam Demian Smith, zëvendës ambasador i SHBA dhe kam ardhur në Shqipëri një javë më parë. Në fakt, kjo është veprimtaria ime e parë zyrtare jashtë Ambasade. Nuk mund të mendoj për një aktivitet të parë zyrtar më të mirë sesa të jem këtu me ju.  Ju sjell përshëndetjet dhe ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Yuri Kim

I had a very good and full discussion with DP Chairman Lulzim Basha today. I was following up on the discussion that he had when Acting Assistant Secretary Philip Reeker was in Tirana. We talked about the strength of the U.S. – Albania relationship, the very important role that the Democratic Party has played in ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

We take note of ODIHR’s Final Report on the April 25 parliamentary elections, which builds on the preliminary report of April 26. We urge all relevant institutions to review the final report and its recommendations to further improve Albania’s elections. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the “5 Years of Justice Reform: Finalization of the New Cross-Cutting Justice Strategy” Event

Thank you Minister Gjonaj, Ambassador Soreca, distinguished colleagues, it is great to see all of you! It is a very important moment that we come together. Five years ago, Albania enacted the constitutional and legal amendments which established the framework for comprehensive justice reform. Polling at the time showed that 93% of Albanian citizens supported ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim During Equipment Donation Event at Kakavija Border

Good morning! It’s very nice to see everybody, it’s a great pleasure to be here! And personally, I have to say I am very happy and proud to see these three flags behind me! I used to be the Director of the Office that is responsible for the Eastern-Mediterranean countries, including Greece, and before that, ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the Roundtable Discussion with Albania’s Prosecution Institutions

*Dear Minister Gjonaj, Dear Chairman Ibrahimi, Prosecutor Çela, and Chief Kraja Distinguished guests, Thank you for the invitation to join this important round table today. It is good to see leaders of Albania’s prosecution institutions convened, together with the Minister of Justice, to discuss the joint efforts in the fight against crime, including but not ... Read More»

Remarks by Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Sunil Ravi at the “America the Beautiful” Concert

Good evening and welcome, friends. I am delighted to be here to celebrate the 245th anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America and the 30th anniversary of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Albania. This performance of American music by Albanian musicians is a truly wonderful way to ... Read More»

Apply Now for the Investigative Journalism Lab

Are you a student who wants to help combat corruption? Apply to be a part of the investigative journalism lab! Selected students who demonstrate passion and courage for independent, investigative journalism will participate in a mentoring program and write investigative stories on important issues in Albania. Cutting-edge equipment and journalism training will be provided by ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim for the 245th Independence Day Celebration

*Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, ministers, honored guests: 245 years ago, the Second Continental Congress, representing the 13 American colonies of the Kingdom, adopted the Declaration of Independence. A lot has changed since then: Instead of 13 colonies huddled along the Atlantic Ocean, we are now 50 states and five territories that span the entire globe, ... Read More»

Visit of Acting Assistant Secretary of State Philip T. Reeker to Tirana

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Ambassador Philip T. Reeker visited Tirana today. During the visit he met with Prime Minister Rama, Democratic Party Chair Lulzim Basha, several fully-vetted members of Albania’s justice system, and other leaders. In all meetings, Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker emphasized the importance of U.S.-Albanian relations over ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the “Presentation Event of the AHC Monitoring Report of the HJC and HPC”

*Good Morning Ms. Llagami, Mr. Ibrahimi, Mr. Metani, Mr. Cela, Mr. Kraja, Ms. Skendaj, Dear Guest, Thank you for the invitation to join you at this important event today. Justice Reform and its implementation has been, and continues to be, one of the most important developments for Albania’s EU accession and for a more prosperous ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the Graduation Ceremony for the Investigative Journalism Lab 5

Good morning. Thank you all for coming to the Embassy today and for allowing me to celebrate this occasion with you. There is no doubt that this has been a challenging time due to the pandemic, but I am honored and glad that we are able to gather together here today in the culmination of ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Kim at the OSCE Conference on Joint Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings in Albania

Good morning, Ambassador del Monaco, Ambassador Ekstedt, Ambassador Soreca, Deputy Minister Kuko, distinguished guests. It is a pleasure to be here. As you know, President Biden and Secretary Blinken have made clear that corruption, human rights abuses, and other destabilizing crimes constitute threats to U.S. national security. They have directed all U.S. Government agencies to ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the Ceremony for the Donation of COVID Equipment to Mother Theresa Hospital

It is a great pleasure to be here and it’s really an honor to for me to be with you. As a temporary resident of Albania, I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything that all of you have done, every medic, every nurse, everyone who was cleaning the ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the Event on Guaranteeing Effective Justice at the High Court

Honorable Chair and judges of the High Court, distinguished representatives of Albanian justice institutions, partners, dear guests. It is my pleasure to attend this event. I appreciate the invitation and the opportunity. In 2016, the U.S. Government supported the constitutional and legal amendments which established a framework for Albania’s comprehensive justice reform. I am proud ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the “Equal Albania – A Campaign to Make Discrimination and Hate Speech Unacceptable” Event

Good Afternoon Ms. Hysi, Mr. Kodra, dear guests. I’m very pleased to be here with you this afternoon for the opportunity to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, which was just one week ago. Over the past week, through various events here in Albania, we have had the ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the Tirana Open Day of Defender 2021 Military Exercise

President Meta, Prime Minister Rama, Ministers and Generals, Mr. Basha, men and women in uniform, dear friends,   What a beautiful day to showcase our militaries and Exercise Defender Europe 2021, which is the largest U.S.-led military exercise ever seen in the Western Balkans!   This is landmark moment for U.S.-Albanian cooperation in defense. It ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Antony J. Blinken

Today, I am announcing the public designation of Sali Berisha, a former President of Albania, former Prime Minister of Albania, and former Member of Parliament of Albania, due to his involvement in significant corruption.  In his official capacity as Prime Minister of Albania in particular, Berisha was involved in corrupt acts, such as misappropriation of public funds ... Read More»

Transcript of Interview of U.S. Ambassador Yuri Kim with Blendi Fevziu, Opinion show, TV Klan 

Blendi Fevziu: Ambassador Kim, welcome to the studio of “Opinion,” welcome again. Ambassador Kim: Thank you so much, great to be back. Blendi Fevziu: How are you? You have been very busy in these days, I think? Ambassador Kim: I think everybody has been busy in Albania, but I’m ok, thank you very much. Blendi Fevziu: And everybody ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the Event in Honor of International Nurses Day

Good evening, Today, on International Nurses Day, we honor the sacrifices of those who work tirelessly to care for their patients. This year, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are especially gratefully to every nurse and healthcare professional. You have been on the front lines of the fight against the pandemic, fighting valiantly ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the Justice Day Ceremony

Honorable Chair Ibrahimi, Distinguished representatives of Albanian justice institutions, EU colleagues, It is an honor to be part of the Justice Day commemoration with all of you, here at the Pole of Justice. I am happy to observe that all the institutions borne or reconstituted in implementation of the justice reform are now functioning in ... Read More»

Remarks by General Tod Wolters at Defender Europe 21 Opening Ceremony and Distinguished Visitors Day at the Port of Durrës

President Meta, Prime Minister Rama, ministers, distinguished guests, flag officers, and most important, the wonderful citizens of Albania. It is an honor to be in your presence and so nice to be home in a nation who treats its guests just like their brothers and sisters and sons and daughters. Let me extend my heartfelt thanks ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at Defender Europe 21 Opening Ceremony Distinguished Visitors Day at the Port of Durrës

President Meta, Prime Minister Rama, Generals, Ministers, distinguished guests. What a glorious day we have before us. I thank you for inviting me to speak on this historic day. I want to commend the Albanian Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defense for organizing today’s extraordinary ceremony and I have to say our soldiers and ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Skanderbeg Square. Event: Prime Minister Edi Rama has scheduled a large gathering to take place in Skanderbeg Square in the center of Tirana on April 27, 2021, beginning around 6:00 p.m. The event is expected to draw a large crowd. This gathering may migrate to alternate locations in Tirana, or similar gatherings may emerge ... Read More»

Travel Advisory for U.S. Citizens

Location:  Albania Event:  On April 20, 2021, the Department of State updated the  Travel Advisory for Albania . Please see the Travel Advisory below: Do not travel to Albania due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution due to crime. Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a  Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Albania due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 ... Read More»

Press Statement by Ambassador Yuri Kim

Let me underline the thanks that Ambassador Soreca has expressed for commissioner Celibashi and the rest of his team following this final briefing before the election. I think we are all looking forward to a peaceful, orderly electoral process where the right of Albanian citizens to express their will through their vote is guaranteed. There is a ... Read More»

Security Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: This notice pertains to polling stations and their immediate environs, counting centers, election administration offices, and any other areas where throngs of people may have gathered. Event: Parliamentary elections in Albania will take place on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Voting is scheduled from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m, with ballots being cast at more ... Read More»

U.S Embassy Statement

We have seen the reports of violence in Elbasan today resulting in the death of one individual and injury to others. We call on law enforcement officials to investigate this incident quickly and thoroughly, identify perpetrators, and prosecute them to the full extent of the law. Those who engage in such violence must be punished. ... Read More»

Transcript of Interview of U.S. Ambassador Yuri Kim with Lutfi Dervishi, RTSH

Lutfi Dervishi: Madam Ambassador, welcome to the show. Ambassador Kim: Thank you very much. It’s a pleasure to be here. Lutfi Dervishi: Less than two weeks from voting day, what are your major concerns regarding the elections? Ambassador Kim: I have hopes, but also concerns as you note. I think this is a very important ... Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Yuri Kim at the “Justice for All Event”

*Honorable Members of the High Court, the High Judicial Council, Court Chairs, Court Chancellors, Ranking Members from Albania’s School of Magistrates, partners, and dear friends. Thank you for sharing your time with us today and thank you for this opportunity to address you all. I greatly appreciate the insights you all have shared with us ... Read More»

Transcript of Round Table Discussion of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer with Albanian Reporters

DAS Palmer: Thank you very much and thank you for joining me. It’s been a real pleasure for me to engage in even a virtual visit to Tirana, which is, let’s face it, a pale shadow of the real thing, and the food isn’t nearly as good. But it really is a joy to get ... Read More»

Virtual Visit of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer to Albania

During a “virtual visit” to Albania April 6, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer met with President Meta, PM Rama, and DP Chair Basha to reaffirm the importance of U.S.-Albanian relations as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations. They reconfirmed our shared commitment to expanding bilateral cooperation on democracy, ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the “Albanian – American Relations – Past, Present and Future” Conference

Dear Minister Xhacka, Mr. Rakipi, Dr. Biberaj, and Distinguished guests: I am proud to be here today as the U.S. Ambassador to Albania, celebrating together with our Albanian colleagues, this historic occasion: the 30th anniversary of the reestablishment of U.S.-Albanian diplomatic relations. Anniversaries like this are an opportunity to think about how far we’ve come, ... Read More»

U.S Embassy Statement

The U.S. Embassy extends its sincere condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Mr. Bashkim Fino who passed away prematurely today. Mr. Fino will be remembered for his leadership, at a very young age, of Albania’s National Reconciliation Government during the difficult year 1997 as well as for his contributions to the lawmaking process ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

Albania’s electoral campaign season officially began yesterday, leading to national elections on April 25.  The United States welcomes the official start of the campaign season and, together with local authorities and international parties, will make all efforts to support the elections through to their successful conclusion. We call on all parties, leaders, and voters to ... Read More»

Expect Large Crowds on March 25, 2021

Thursday, March 25, 2021, is the official start date of the electoral campaigns in Albania. Both the Democratic and the Socialist Parties will organize events today that may draw large crowds. The Democratic Party will have their electoral campaign opening at 4:30 p.m. at Mother Theresa Square and party supporters are expected to gather. The ... Read More»

Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Leyla Moses-Ones at the AMBER Alert System Roundtable

Good Afternoon and thank you, Caroline.  And a warm welcome to Mr. Albert Nikolla, Vice-Minister of Health and Social Protection; Mr. Albert Dervishi, Vice-General Director of Albanian Police Authority; Mrs. Alma Tandilli, Chairwoman, National Agency for Child Protection in Albania; distinguished speakers and guests.  I am pleased to be with you here today as you ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the HMMWV Equipment Donation Ceremony for the Albanian Armed Forces

Good morning Minster Peleshi, General Begaj and distinguished guests. I would like to particularly thank our host, General Kingji, for welcoming me to Zall Herr – the home of the Albanian Land Forces. Today is not just an opportunity to conduct a ceremony, but an opportunity to meet Albania’s new land force commander. General, I ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the 30th Anniversary of the Reestablishment of Diplomatic Ties Ceremony

Olta, Minister Xhaçka, Secretary General Skapi, Director Dibra, and dear friends. Thank you so much for hosting this event. We mark today a very important moment, the 30th anniversary of the reestablishment of ties between the United States and Albania. For 50 years we were kept apart. During those 50 years, though, we maintained our ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the MOU Signing between Albania, Exxon Mobil and Excelerate Energy

It is an honor to be a part of today’s MOU signing, the culmination of vision and hard work by a number of people around the globe. I want to congratulate ExxonMobil, Excelerate Energy, and Minister Balluku and her entire team bringing to fruition a strategic and fruitful dream that we have been working together ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at Tirana Women’s Salon

Good morning! Thank you for inviting me to be part of this special event. I feel honored to be a part of this format that carries such a vital message: women are 50% of humanity, and we have important contributions to make in addressing economic, political, and human security challenges that affect us all. The ... Read More»

Remarks by Acting Deputy Chief of Mission and Public Affairs Officer Brian Beckmann at the National CVE Help Line Event

Deputy Minister Kuko, Director Dervishi, Mr. Hupin, Mr. Veenkamp, Ms. Luarasi, Dear Guests, Good Morning. Thank you for the invitation to be part of this event today. I am so glad to see several partners gathered here in support of our shared fight against violent extremism, because this is exactly that, a shared effort. Our ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Kim at the EXBS Donation of Equipment to Albanian Border and Migration Police

Director General Veliu, Director Merkaj, thank you for this opportunity to share some thoughts on this important occasion. I have said this before and I’ll say it again: democracy, defense, and business are the United States’ top priorities here.  On defense and matters of security, the U.S. Government’s staunch commitment to strengthening law enforcement in ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the Pyramid Works Inspection

Prime Minister Rama, Mayor Veliaj, Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF) CEOs, Mr. Mata and Mr. Sarapuli, friends: “History” is a curious thing. We often talk about “the course of history,” as if events have a life and will of their own, and people are carried along in its course. On the other hand, we also talk ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the “Costs of Democracy 2 – Money and Politics, Challenge Still Ongoing” Conference

*Good Morning Mr. Gogo, Ambassador Soreca, Ambassador del Monaco, Ambassador Zingraf, Chair Celibashi, Dear Guests…   I am pleased to be part of this conference today, concluding an important initiative, the goal of which is to make Albania’s election processes freer and fairer. Democracy rests on a foundation of transparency and public trust, which is ... Read More»

Transcript of Interview of U.S. Ambassador Yuri Kim for “Real Story” of Sokol Balla, News 24 TV

Sokol Balla: Good evening and welcome to Real Story. One year ago, the new U.S. Ambassador to Albania, Ms. Yuri Kim, presented her credentials to the president’s office, which were of course accepted. The year 2020 has certainly been an important year, an important one for Albania but also for the United States itself. On this ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the Leadership Academy for Women Members of Parliament

Thank you very much for inviting me to this event! I would like to say good afternoon to Deputy Speaker Hysi, to Ms. Gjebrea, Ms. Gjermeni, Ms. Kovacevic, Ms. Cepani. It is wonderful to see everyone!  Welcome and congratulations to what has to be one of the most amazing groups of women anywhere in the ... Read More»

Updated International Travel Requirements

In light of recent changes in requirements for travel by air that may impact your plans and preparation for travel, the U.S. Embassy would like to make you aware of the below changes.  As country-specific requirements may change rapidly, all air passengers should remain in close contact with their respective air carrier for the latest information. ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

Today, Ambassador Kim and EU Ambassador Soreca met with the members of the Constitutional Court to thank them for answering the call of duty, which has enabled the Court to meet the quorum for functionality. She underlined the requirement for judges to act with independence and integrity to deliver justice, irrespective of which institution had ... Read More»

Department of State’s Health Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Worldwide – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director has signed an order requiring all airline passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19. Event:  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

With 100 days until Albania’s national election on April 25, Ambassador Kim met with Central Election Commission Chairman Celibashi and Deputy Chairwoman Pelinku to express support for the CEC’s critical role in ensuring free and fair elections.  She underscored the need to implement in a timely and effective manner biometric identification and other necessary measures.  ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the USAID’s U.S.- Albania Transparency Academy

Thank you, Assistant Administrator Bierman, for the insightful reflection on the Transparency Academy, on USAID’s legacy in Albania, and the broader development challenges that lie ahead.  USAID can be proud of the significant contribution it has made to Albania’s development over the last 30 years.  We may be transitioning the nature of USAID’s presence in ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Kim at the Ceremony for the Donation of Flood Equipment to Albania’s Directorate of Civil Emergencies

Minster Peleshi, General Begaj and distinguished guests. I would like to thank our host, General Sallaku, for welcoming me to support command. I know you have been busy in recent days responding to the flooding.  Let me begin by expressing our sympathy for those who are suffering due to the flood, and our thanks to ... Read More»

Transcript of Interview with Special Representative for the Western Balkans and Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew Palmer

for Albanian National Broadcaster RTSH   Lutfi Dervishi: Thank you for this interview. DAS Palmer: Thank you for having me on the show. It is an honor to be here. Dervishi: Mr. Palmer, the United States, paraphrasing a saying of Mr. Reagan, President Reagan, has been seen by democratic countries and by those who aspire ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Boulevard Deshmoret e Kombit, near the Prime Minister’s office. Event: A demonstration is expected to take place near the office of the Prime Minister in Tirana on January 11, 2021, beginning around 6:00 p.m. This demonstration may migrate to alternate locations in Tirana. The duration of the expected demonstration is unknown. Past demonstrations have ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the Extradition Treaty Signing Ceremony

Honorable Minister Gjonaj Distinguished guests It is a great honor to sign this Extradition Treaty between the government of the United States and the government of Albania, which is the latest testament to the ever-growing partnership between our nations. This treaty modernizes and supersedes the one between the United States of America and the Kingdom ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Various cities in Albania, including Shkoder and Tirana. Event: The Embassy has received reports of large demonstrations taking place today in the downtown city center of Shkoder.  Demonstrations of the past few days in the capital of Tirana have resulted in violence, and these protests may also continue. Bear in mind that demonstrations may emerge ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Boulevard Deshmoret e Kombit, near the Ministry of Interior. Event: The Embassy anticipates that demonstrations will continue this evening near the Ministry of Interior in Tirana (Blvd. Deshmoret e Kombit), and that protests may continue into the weekend. Bear in mind that demonstrations can migrate to alternate locations in Tirana, or similar protests may emerge ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The death of Klodian Rasha is a tragedy, and we extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends.  Ambassador Kim spoke today with Prime Minister Rama, Police Director Veliu, Democratic Party Chairman Basha, and LSI Chairwoman Kryemadhi to discuss the rights of citizens and the responsibilities of leaders.  She underlined that those in power have ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Boulevard Deshmoret e Kombit, near the Ministry of Interior. Event: A demonstration is expected to take place near the Ministry of Interior in Tirana on December 10, 2020, beginning around 6:00 p.m. This demonstration may migrate to alternate locations in Tirana, or similar protests may emerge in other parts of the city. The duration of ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Boulevard Deshmoret e Kombit, in front of government offices. Event: The Embassy has received reports of protests taking place in front of government offices on boulevard Deshmoret e Kombit in Tirana. Reports indicate that some protesters are throwing objects at the police and officers were injured.  Police officers are utilizing teargas and pepper spray to control ... Read More»

Press Statement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Albania National Day

As Albania celebrates its National Day, I extend congratulations on behalf of the United States Government and the American people. This year, we also celebrate the European Union’s decision to open accession negotiations for Albania, a sign of the significant progress that Albania has made in implementing the reforms necessary for EU membership.  We commend ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on the Anniversary of the Earthquake that struck Albania in 2019

November 26 marks one year since an earthquake struck Albania. The United States stands in solidarity with the Albanian people as you mark this solemn anniversary. Throughout the past year, Albania has shown tremendous resilience, not only rebuilding, but in coping with a global pandemic. The United States has been with you every step of ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Kim at the OSCE Workshop on “Addressing Organized Crime and Corruption through the Re-Use of Confiscated Criminal Assets”

Good Morning, Ambassador del Monaco, Ambassador Soreca, Deputy Minister of Interior Lamallari, distinguished speakers and guests. I am pleased to be with you today as you take on an important aspect of combatting organized crime: asset recovery, and – more specifically – how to make effective use of seized assets to advance rule of law, ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Kim at the Closing Event of the “Social Reuse of the Organized Crime Seized Assets” Project

*Good Morning Ms. Hoxha, Ambassador Soreca, Mr. Kala, Mr. Patacconi, representatives of the civil society organizations. I am happy to be part of this conference today, which highlights the impact of civil society organizations working effectively and with fearless advocacy. This initiative aimed at the sustainable reuse of seized assets from organized crime groups by ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim for the 245th Birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps

One of the highlights of being at an Embassy is getting to celebrate the birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps.  It’s not just because it’s fun to see everyone get dressed up in their finest, or because the Marine Ball is always the best party in town – it’s because it’s an opportunity to honor ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Kim at the Albanian Muslim Community’s Countering Violent Extremist Project Launch

*Good Morning Chairman Spahiu, Deputy Minister Kuko, Coordinator Dervishi, religious leaders, distinguished guests. It is my honor to be here with you today. I love constructing communities. My father owned a construction company that built communities in Guam, and I like seeing new communities rise out of nowhere, where people can lead better lives and ... Read More»

Resumption of Routine U.S. Citizen Services

On March 17, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Tirana suspended all routine consular services due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the provision of routine U.S. citizen services.  As of October 22, 2020, we will begin to re-open routine U.S. citizen services on the following timeline: Beginning Thursday October 22, 2020, we will resume processing applications for ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at American Bank of Investments 5th Anniversary

Thank you all for having me this evening.  It is a pleasure to join Minister Denaj, Governor Sejko, Andi Ballta, and the other distinguished guests today in celebrating the fifth anniversary of the American Bank of Investments. Many of you have already heard this before, including at the AmCham General Assembly last week: increasing trade ... Read More»

Transcript of Interview with A/S of State for Education and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce with Thimi Samarxhi of Vizion+

Vizion+: Madam, thank you very much for being here. I appreciate it and it’s an honor having you here. A/S Royce: Thank you, Thimi. Vizion+: Given that this is probably your first visit to Albania, what is your first impression? A/S Royce: The first thing I want to say is how appreciative I am of ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the American Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting

*as prepared for delivery I want to thank Ilir, Enio, Minister Denaj and, indeed, all of the AmCham members who are joining us online today, for the opportunity to participate and share some thoughts with you today.  I have to say, this is not how I imagined I would first address the full membership of ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens – Get Your Ballot Counted

The Department of State is committed to assisting overseas voters in casting their ballots.  For instructions on how to vote from Albania please see our website  here .  For general overseas voting information please see the Department of State’s web site  Absentee Voting Information for U.S. Citizens Abroad  or  FVAP.gov . RETURNING YOUR BALLOT: Note that the  U.S. Postal Service  recommends voters mail their completed ballots before Election ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the High Level Conference “Strengthening Integrity and Fighting Corruption: Latest Achievements”

*as prepared for delivery  Thank you Minister Gjonaj. I also want to extend my thanks to Prime Minister Rama, and of course, Ambassador Soreca for gathering today to highlight successes in Albania’s justice sector. I think it is a very positive sign that Albania continues to discuss a topic that is core to the future ... Read More»

Transcript of Interview with Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach with Angelo Haruni for A2

A2/CNN: The United States and Albania signed two very important Memoranda of Understanding, in the field of Economic Cooperation and the construction of the Skavica Hydro-Power Plant. Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach was in Albania to sign this agreement after a tour of meetings with different leaders throughout Europe. ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The United States has long pressed for Albania’s leaders – inside and outside Parliament – to engage each other in a transparent and inclusive manner on issues of national importance.  This kind of positive engagement produced the June 5 agreement on electoral reform.  We have made clear since then that the June 5 agreement should ... Read More»

Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach Visits Albania

Today, U.S. Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach visited Tirana and met with President Ilir Meta and Prime Minister Edi Rama. During his meetings, Under Secretary Krach expressed U.S. support for Albania’s progress toward EU accession, especially in anti-corruption and rule of law efforts which, when successful, will bring in ... Read More»

Remarks by Under Secretary of State for Energy, Economic Growth, and Environment Keith Krach, at the Office of the Prime Minister of Albania

It’s an honor to be here in Albania and to have an opportunity to meet you. Mr. Prime Minister, you’re quite a leader and I’m so excited to open up this next chapter and take our partnership to the next level. I don’t think there’s any other place I’d rather be than right here, right ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens – Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW! Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee ballot.  Many states require ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the U.S European Command-funded Project in Patos

Mayor Balilaj, Director Mete, Director Diko, distinguished guests and students. I would first like to thank you for the opportunity to take part in this ceremony commemorating the renovations made to this beautiful facility. Of all the important work that the United States Embassy takes part in, the humanitarian assistance projects are the most rewarding ... Read More»

Travel Advisory for U.S. Citizens

Location:  Albania Event:  On August 6, the Department of State updated the  Travel Advisory for Albania . Please see the Travel Advisory below: Reconsider travel to Albania due to COVID-19.  Exercise increased caution due to crime. Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19 page  before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The U.S. Embassy strongly supports the ASP and SPAK’s independent and professional work.  Justice sector professionals – police, prosecutors, and judges – must be allowed to conduct their work free from threats and intimidation, no matter who the defendant is.  It is time to allow them to carry out their duties and support their efforts ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

We congratulate Albania on the appointment of Aida Hajnaj as the first Director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). This marks a major milestone in the implementation of Justice Reform. Justice Reform will not be easy, quick or perfect, but it is necessary, making progress, and must continue. Today’s decisions shows that despite obstacles, ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

On July 23, Parliament adopted legislation to codify the June 5 agreement on electoral reform, which was achieved in a transparent and inclusive manner through the Political Council. Today, Parliament adopted amendments to the Constitution that will enable additional measures for electoral reform. While this action was within the competence of Parliament, it is regrettable ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the Presentation of the Roadmap to High Court Functionality Event

Thank you very much! I am very glad that we found a way to do this meeting together even though COVID-19 is preventing us from meeting in person. It is a very challenging time and so your willingness and ability to adapt is more important than ever. This is a difficult time for everyone. There ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

Over the last few weeks, Ambassador Kim has had multiple discussions regarding electoral reform with President Meta, Prime Minister Rama, Democratic Party Chairman Basha, members of the Political Council on Electoral Reform, as well as a range of experts and others.  She has emphasized three points: First, the June 5 agreement, which was achieved through ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The United States welcomes Parliament’s enactment of electoral reform legislation that codifies the June 5 agreement of the Political Council on Electoral Reform. This action honors the agreement made by all parties and moves Albania another step toward the European Union. We applaud all parties for ensuring that the June 5 agreement has been achieved, ... Read More»

Health Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Albania Event: While the provision of routine American citizen services remains suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Embassy Consular Section will now begin processing passport applications for urgent travel.  For information on obtaining a passport for such travel, please visit our web-page .  If you need other emergency assistance from the U.S. Embassy, please contact us at ... Read More»

Transcript of Interview with U.S. Ambassador Yuri Kim by Sokol Balla

Sokol Balla: Albania is a strange country even when it comes to its history. We practically do not have the Declaration of Independence. We’ve lost it. We don’t have the Independence Day flag, either. It’s been stolen. And we do not have the building where independence was declared either because it has been destroyed. There ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the Holocaust Memorial Dedication Ceremony

Good Morning Prime Minister Rama, Mayor Veliaj, Ambassador Gendler, and distinguished guests. It is an honor to dedicate this memorial in honor of the people of Albania who risked their lives to protect the Jews of Europe. After Hitler’s rise to power, Albanian families sheltered hundreds of Jewish people from around Europe, saving them from ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

(July 6, 2020) Location:  Albania  Event:  On July 1, the European Council (EC) extended restrictions on U.S. citizens entering the 27 European Union (EU)  countries , the United Kingdom, and the non-EU Schengen states of Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein.  Exceptions to these restrictions include passengers in transit.  However, U.S. citizen travelers transiting more than one city in the EU and non-EU Schengen ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Kim at the USAID’s Civil Society Strengthening Project Event

It is a great pleasure to attend today’s event to celebrate how our civil society partners have come together to help strengthen democratic institutions in Albania. You are fulfilling a vital role as government watchdogs by providing oversight and by advocating for policies that will help strengthen institutions. The U.S. Government strongly supports the work ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the American Chamber of Commerce Business Index Event

Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here today alongside AmCham President Enio Jaco, Minister Eduard Shalsi, Jorida Tabaku, and Matteo Colangeli of the EBRD for the release of AmCham’s 2020 Business Index assessing CEO and executive opinions on the business climate in Albania from AmCham member companies. I am here today because I ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Kim During the Award Ceremony for RSO Janet Meyer and ARSO-I Antonio Zamudio

Good Afternoon, Minister Lleshaj, General Director Veliu, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for inviting me to participate in this awards ceremony for two of our Embassy colleagues. The United States continues to enjoy a close relationship with the Government of Albania, especially the Ministry of Interior and the Albanian State Police.  I want to recognize ... Read More»

“Venice Commission: An Opportunity to Move Forward” by Ambassador Yuri Kim

This week, I had a chance to visit Kruja, the fortress of Albania’s hero, Skanderbeg.  Facing attack after attack by the most formidable military force in the world at that time, Skanderbeg did not surrender.  Instead, he united the country, refused to give up, and in the end prevailed against all odds. Four years ago, ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the AFCP Signing Ceremony

Minister Margariti, honored guests, good morning and thank you for joining us. Today, we mark the start of the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Project to restore cultural sites damaged by the November 26th earthquake in Krujë, Durrës, and Prezë. Since its creation in 2001, the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation has provided financial ... Read More»

Health Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Albania Event: Today, the Albanian Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs announced that, starting June 21, Montenegro will close its land borders with Albania due to the increased number of COVID-19 cases in Albania. Visit our website for the latest information on the COVID-19 situation in Albania and updates to the Consular Section’s operational status.  Please be advised ... Read More»

Transcript of Interview of U.S. Ambassador Yuri Kim with Blendi Salaj of A2/CNN

A2/CNN: Dear viewers, welcome. This is our interview with U.S. Ambassador to Albania, Ms. Yuri Kim. Madam Ambassador, it’s an honor to have you in the studio and let me welcome you to A2. Ambassador Kim: Thank you very much. It’s a pleasure to be here. A2/CNN: It’s a pleasure for me as well. Let’s ... Read More»

Health Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location:  Albania  Event:  On June 15, 2020, commercial flight activity resumed in Albania with flights from Tirana to Vienna, Belgrade, and Athens.  Currently, there are no direct flights between those cities and the United States and, as such, the Government of Albania has declared that only European Union residents and citizens are eligible to board these ... Read More»

Health Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location:  Albania Event: Visit our  website  for the latest information on the COVID-19 situation in Albania and updates to the Consular Section’s operational status.  Please be advised that all routine American citizen services remain suspended until further notice.  If you need emergency assistance from the U.S. Embassy, please contact us at ACSTirana@state.gov or +(355) (0) 4224-7285. Actions: Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive security updates. ... Read More»

Apply Now for the Investigative Journalism Lab

Are you a student who wants to help combat corruption? Apply to be a part of the investigative journalism lab! Selected students who demonstrate passion and courage for independent, investigative journalism will participate in a mentoring program and write investigative stories on important issues in Albania.  Cutting-edge equipment and journalism training will be provided by ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

We welcome the cross-party agreement on electoral reform in Albania, which strengthens the guarantee for free and fair elections and moves Albania forward on its European path. This agreement is the result of long hours, spirited discussions, and difficult decisions by Political Council members Oerd Bylykbashi, Damian Gjiknuri, Rudina Hajdari, and Petrit Vasili. All parties ... Read More»

Health Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location:  Albania Event:  Since March 31, the U.S. Embassy has facilitated the repatriation of more than 200 American citizens and lawful permanent residents to the United States on 13 repatriation flights from Albania.  At this time, the U.S. Embassy does not have plans to organize additional repatriation flights. Commercial flight activity will resume in Albania on June 15, 2020, ... Read More»

Health Alert for U.S. Citizens

Event: The Albanian government continues to loosen COVID-19-related restrictions throughout the country. During the weekend of May 30-31: The curfew for citizens across the country is lifted. Restrictions on shops’ operating hours are lifted. The red-green zone divide still applies. No intercity travel between the zones is allowed. Beaches in coastal towns are open to ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the Signing Ceremony for the UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopters

* Minister Xhaçka, General Kollçaku, and Distinguished Guests, First, I would like to thank our host Lieutenant Colonel Dulemata for welcoming me to Farka Air Base, the future home of the Blackhawks. I hope this will be the first of many visits to Albanian military facilities as we continue to expand and deepen our defense ... Read More»

Health Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location:  Albania Event:  The U.S. Embassy has learned of a charter flight from Tirana to Frankfurt departing Monday, June 1, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) for 259 euros per ticket.  If you are a U.S. citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident and are interested in receiving more information about this flight, please immediately email  ACSTirana@state.gov . Please be advised that, due ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The United States remains firmly committed to Justice Reform, which is the demand of the Albanian people. In response to this demand, in 2016, Parliament unanimously adopted the foundational laws for reform. Since then, key institutions have been erected and implementation is underway to make them fully functional. Reform is painful, slow, and imperfect, but ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Tirana, Albania:  Ministry of Interior area, downtown Event: A group is expected to demonstrate against the Albanian government and the recent demolition of the National Theater.  Demonstrations may occur on a regular basis for an unknown period of time.  Some past demonstrations have turned ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania   Event:  The Albanian Government continues to loosen COVID-19-related restrictions throughout the country.  New changes in effect on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, include: Museums and libraries are open Outdoor exercise is permitted Monitor Embassy Tirana’s website for more information on COVID-19 restrictions throughout the country.  Email  ACSTirana@state.gov  with questions.  Actions: Email  ACSTirana@state.gov  with the names, dates of birth, ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania Event:  The Albanian government continues to loosen COVID-19-related restrictions throughout the country.  Tirana, Durres, Kavaja, Kurbin and Shkodra remain designated as “red zones” and have additional restrictions relative to the rest of the country.  Travel between red and green zones is still prohibited. New changes that take effect on Monday, May 18, 2020, include: Pedestrians and vehicles ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Tirana, Albania: Ministry of Interior area, downtown Event: A political protest is expected to take place on Monday, May 18, 2020, beginning around 4:30 p.m.  The duration of the expected demonstration is unknown.  Some past demonstrations have turned violent, including use of Molotov ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania Event:  The U.S. Embassy has learned of a charter flight from Tirana to Zurich, Switzerland departing Sunday, May 17, at 12:00 p.m. (noon).  The flight is available to U.S citizens and Lawful Permanent Resident only. Please note that all passengers on this charter flight will be required to purchase a ticket on Swiss Air flight LX17 from ... Read More»

Transcript of U.S. Ambassador Yuri Kim’s Interview with Ilva Tare on Euronews

Ilva Tare: Kam të ftuar sot ambasadoren e Shteteve të Bashkuara në Tiranë, Yuri Kim. Madam Ambassador, thank you very much for being at Euronews Albania, in what makes me very happy to be your first interview at Euronews Albania, in this country. One month after your arrival to Albania, the country went into quarantine mode because of coronavirus. How was the experience of working under such restrictions?    Ambassador Kim: First of ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania Event:  The Embassy’s  COVID-19 webpage  includes information on all social distancing measures and movement restrictions implemented by the Government of Albania.  We recommend you check the webpage regularly for updates, and invite you to contact us at  ACSTirana@state.gov  if you have any questions. Actions: Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive security updates. Visit our  Embassy webpage on COVID-19 . Visit the  COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov  for the latest ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at ATS-G Signing

Good afternoon, Minister Lleshaj, and thank you for hosting this important signing at the Interior Ministry. We gather this afternoon to mark the implementation of Albania’s Passenger Name Record law, as well as the deepening of U.S.-Albanian law enforcement and counterterrorism cooperation. Terrorism is a threat to everyone, everywhere, and only through close coordination can ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania Event:  The U.S. Embassy has learned of a charter flight from Tirana to London on Thursday, May 7. The flight will depart Tirana International Airport at 12:00 p.m. and will arrive London Luton Airport at 2:00 p.m. Tickets cost 299 euros each.  Due to transit restrictions in London, this flight is only available to U.S. citizens, ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location: Albania Event:  The U.S. Embassy has learned of a charter flight from Tirana to Frankfurt departing Friday, May 1 at 12:00 p.m. for 199 euros per ticket.  If you are a U.S citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident and are interested in receiving more information about this flight, please immediately email  ACSTirana@state.gov Please be advised that, due to current airline ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania Event:  The U.S. Embassy has learned of a charter flight from Tirana to Rome Fiumicino Airport departing Thursday, April 30 at 5:00 p.m.  If you are a U.S citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident and are interested in receiving more information about this flight, please immediately email  ACSTirana@state.gov . Please be advised that all passengers wishing to be included ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania Event:  The U.S. Embassy has learned of a charter flight from Tirana to Frankfurt departing Saturday, April 25 at 12:00 p.m.  If you are a U.S citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident and are interested in receiving more information about this flight, please immediately email  ACSTirana@state.gov . Please note that, due to current airline and Frankfurt Airport ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania Event: The U.S. Embassy has learned of a charter flight from Tirana to Frankfurt departing Tuesday, April 21 at 10:00 a.m.  If you are a U.S citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident and are interested in receiving more information about this flight, please immediately email  ACSTirana@state.gov Please note that due to current airline and Frankfurt Airport ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania (April 14, 2020) Location:  Albania Event:  The U.S. Embassy has learned of possible upcoming flights from Tirana to European cities that may be available to U.S. citizens who want to depart Albania.  If you are a U.S citizen and are interested in receiving more information about these potential opportunities, please immediately email  ACSTirana@state.gov  with ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania Event:  If you are a U.S. citizen sheltering in place in Albania, we encourage you to visit our website for updated information on the rules the Albanian government has implemented to combat the spread of COVID-19.  If you need assistance from the U.S. Embassy, please contact us at  ACSTirana@state.gov  or +(355) (0)4224-7285. Actions: Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive security updates. ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania Event:  If you are a U.S. citizen sheltering in place in Albania and need assistance from the U.S. Embassy, please contact us at  ACSTirana@state.gov  or +(355) (0)4224-7285. Actions: Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive security updates. Visit our  Embassy webpage on COVID-19. Visit the  COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov  for the latest information. Visit the  Department of Homeland Security’s website  on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S. For the most recent information on ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania Event:  On April 1, the Albanian government extended indefinitely several measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including school, restaurant, and cultural center closures.  You can find information about these measures on the U.S. Embassy’s  COVID-19 webpage.   Information on the site is in English and updated daily. U.S. citizens can contact us at  ACSTirana@state.gov  for ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania Event:  The Albanian government has implemented numerous measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  You can find information about these measures on the U.S. Embassy’s  COVID-19 webpage.   Information on the site is in English and updated daily. U.S. citizens can contact us at  ACSTirana@state.gov  for assistance.   Actions: Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive security updates. Visit our  Embassy webpage on COVID-19. Visit ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania Event:  Attention U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents! Contact  ACSTirana@state.gov  NOW if you want to depart Albania immediately.  Include only your name and passport or green card number in the message. We will respond as soon as we have information about alternate travel options. We expect the final opportunity to depart Albania will be this week. ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location: Albania   Event:  The U.S. Embassy has learned of two possible charter flights that may travel this week to cities in Europe where passengers could connect to commercial flights to the United States.  Details are still emerging.      If you are a U.S. citizen and you want to depart Albania, please send the below information before 10:00 ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania Event:  The U.S. Embassy is working hard to identify alternate travel options for U.S. citizens who wish to leave Albania.  Please be advised that travel options are highly unpredictable at this time and can become available, change, or cancel with little or no notice. If you are a U.S. citizen and wish to depart ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania Event:  *IMPORTANT TRAVEL UPDATE* All commercial flights from Albania are now suspended until further notice. The U.S. Embassy is working to identify alternative travel options for U.S. citizens who want to depart Albania.  If you are a U.S. citizen and wish to depart Albania, immediately send the below information to  ACSTirana@state.gov . For every ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania Event:  The Department of State’s highest priority during the COVID-19 global pandemic is assisting U.S. citizens overseas.  If you are a U.S. citizen in Albania and want to return to the United States, we urge you to immediately contact Air Albania and depart the country on the next available flight.  Seat availability is limited ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location:  Albania Event:  The U.S. Embassy urges you to arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless you are prepared to remain in Albania for an indefinite period.  All land borders are closed and there is currently only one daily flight departing Albania, operated by Air Albania.  There is no available information about how long the ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Location: Albania Event: On March 19, 2020 the Department of State issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19 .  In this alert, the Department of State advised all U.S. citizens to avoid international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. Furthermore, it instructed all U.S. citizens in countries where commercial travel options still exist to arrange travel home immediately ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tirana, Albania (March 16, 2020) Location:  Albania Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China.  The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, with more than 100,000 reported cases worldwide. On March 9, 2020 the Albanian Ministry of Health and Social Protection announced the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

COVID-19 requires everyone in Albania – no matter who you are – to be united in spirit and in action. As President Meta, Prime Minister Rama, and Democratic Party Chairman Basha have all agreed, this is a time for calm, sensible action by the public and swift, responsible action by all leaders. In this respect, ... Read More»

Health Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Albania Event: There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China.  The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, with more than 100,000 reported cases worldwide. On March 9, 2020 the Albanian Ministry of Health and Social Protection announced the first two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Albania. ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

We urge all sides to respect the Venice Commission process, including the requirement for confidentiality of the draft opinion until it is finalized. We welcome the decision of the Government to take no further action on relevant legislation until the opinion is finalized. We also welcome the statement made by President Meta during his press ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the “Challenges of the General Prosecution Office in Light of the Justice Reform” Conference

Faleminderit shumë! It’s a great pleasure to be here today! Thank you Mr. Çela for inviting us all to join you for this event. I appreciated your comments very much! And Luigi, thank you also for your comments! Once again, I find myself in agreement. And I have to say, first of all, Luigi is ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Tirana, Albania: Deshmoret e Kombit Boulevard Event: A political rally is expected to take place on March 2, 2020 beginning around 5:00 p.m.  The duration of the expected rally is unknown.  Past demonstrations have included violence.  Security forces have used water ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Yuri Kim

I met today with PM Edi Rama, President Ilir Meta, and DP Chair Lulzim Basha to discuss recent developments and U.S. expectations. With specific reference to the donors’ conference in Brussels, we believe it reflects the solidarity, support, and desire of the international community to help the Albanian people with reconstruction efforts after the earthquake. ... Read More»

Remarks by DAS Matthew Palmer at the Albania Earthquake Donors’ Conference

*Good afternoon everyone.  It is an honor to be here today representing the United States as we jointly show our support for Albania, though I wish it were under happier circumstances.  I want to thank President von der Leyen and the European Commission for coordinating this Donors’ Conference.  This event has galvanized international support, and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

As it stands today, the circumstances in regard to the Duty Free space at Tirana International Airport show the challenges foreign investors face in Albania.  It is disappointing that the current business climate hinders increased foreign investment.  Albania must apply a set of fair, transparent rules equally to all businesses.  We hope the Government of ... Read More»

Remarks by Assistant Secretary Steven Winberg

“Small-Scale Liquefied Natural Gas Deployment in Central and Eastern Europe” Workshop Good morning. On behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, it’s an honor to be here in Tirana today to discuss the role that LNG can play in diversifying Albania’s energy mix and strengthening Albanian energy security. Before I begin, I’d like to thank Minister ... Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Yuri Kim

“Small-Scale Liquefied Natural Gas Deployment in Central and Eastern Europe” Workshop Honorable Minster Balluku, Assistant Secretary Winberg, honorable guests from Albania and Kosovo, it is a great pleasure for me to be here to launch today’s event discussing the potential of liquefied natural gas for Albania and the region. Last year, in front of the U.S. ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the Graduation Ceremony for the Service for the Polygraph Course

Minister Lleshaj, Ambassador Soreca, Director Rrumbullaku, Police Director Veliu, graduates; thank you for sharing with me this important milestone in the progress of judicial reform in Albania. I am so pleased to be here today to mark the success of these five dedicated students who applied themselves diligently to complete 400 hours of challenging theoretical ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on Anti-KÇK Legislation

As important justice reform implementation continues, the United States welcomes intensified efforts by the Government of Albania to prevent organized crime from using illicit wealth to undermine the foundations of rule of law. Enhanced law enforcement mechanisms should both bolster new independent justice institutions charged with prosecuting organized crime and harmonize with standards of due ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim At Her Welcome Reception

President Meta, Speaker Ruci, Esteemed Ministers, Members of Parliament, Distinguished Guests,  Thank you all for joining me tonight.  I have been overwhelmed by the warm welcome I have received in Albania.  I can see that the legend of Albania’s hospitality is simply a statement of fact! Before departing Washington for Tirana, I took the opportunity ... Read More»

Ambassador Yuri Kim’s Remarks After the Credential Ceremony

Good afternoon. This morning, I presented my credentials to President Meta as the new U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Albania.  The President and I had a good conversation about the longstanding friendship between our two nations, and we reconfirmed our shared commitment to strengthen relations between our two nations. I am honored that President ... Read More»

Remarks by Brian Beckmann at the “Promoting Education to Counter Violent Extremism” Project

Good morning and thank you for the invitation to be part of this event today.  Supporting Albania’s efforts in combatting terrorism and violent extremism is among the key priorities of the U.S. government and the Embassy. No country is immune to the threat posed by terrorism and violent extremism, and the Balkan region and Albania ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

We applaud the parties for agreeing to work together on electoral reform, an important step toward addressing ODIHR recommendations thoroughly. Reform will bolster effective, credible electoral processes and strengthen Albanian democracy. We hope the parties will continue moving forward in the current spirit of cooperation to ensure Albanian elections are free from fraud, interference, and corruption. Read More»

Security Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Albania Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed. Actions to Take: Keep a low profile Be aware of your surroundings. Stay alert ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Daniel Koski at the Office of the Ombudsman’s Annual Conference

President Meta, Speaker Ruçi, People’s Advocate Ballanca, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Speech is a gift.  It is a talent that only humans possess.  It allows us to express love and hope.  It is the vehicle for us to dream, scheme, and put in motion grand designs. But speech can also give voice to fear, ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The United States congratulates the eight prosecutors sworn in this morning as the first members of the Special Prosecution Office, marking a major milestone in the establishment of the Special Anti-Corruption and Organized Crime Structure (SPAK). Starting today, Albania has a body of prosecutors committed to identifying, investigating, and bringing to justice corrupt current and ... Read More»

Remarks by Public Affairs Officer Brian Beckmann at the “Whistleblowing Corruption in Albania” Project

Good morning, Ambassador Guusje Korthals Altes, Ms. Skendaj, Mr. Dervishi, Mr. Karaj, Dear guests. First of all, I want to congratulate the Albanian Helsinki Committee for its work to implement this important anti-corruption initiative. We all know that corruption is a disease that harms society, the economy, and the daily lives of citizens.  The cure ... Read More»

U.S. Government Support for Earthquake Recovery Efforts

The United States sends its deepest condolences to all the families and communities affected by the November 26th earthquake in Albania.  As Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Leyla Moses-Ones said during a visit to the affected region, “This tragedy has touched our hearts profoundly.  Please know that you have a friend and a supportive ally in the ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on Albania National Day

As Albania solemnly commemorates its Independence Day, we offer our deepest condolences for those who lost their lives in this week’s earthquake. Today, our prayers are with their families, as well as those injured. On behalf of the American people, we wish all of those affected a speedy recovery. Now, as in other difficult times, ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

On this solemn commemoration of Albania’s Independence Day, the U.S. Embassy expresses heartfelt sympathy for the devastation and loss of life caused by the November 26 earthquake. The United States stands staunchly by our friend and ally, Albania. We will continue to support ongoing humanitarian relief efforts and are prepared to assist in other areas ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The United States sends its deepest condolences to all the families and communities affected by today’s earthquake. The United States stands with our friends in Albania, just as Americans and Albanians have always stood by each other during difficult times. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and stand ready to offer our support. Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Leyla Moses-Ones at the 20th anniversary of Vatra Center

Distinguished participants and guests, It is a pleasure to be here to celebrate Vatra organization’s 20th anniversary this evening, and also to receive this amazing distinction on behalf of the United States Embassy! Thank you so much! And thank you to my incredible team of professionals who have worked, some for 20 years, alongside Vatra! ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

Judicial reform is among the United States’ highest priorities in Albania. On-going progress on reforms is essential for advancing our shared goal of Albania’s membership in the European Union. Albania is now on the cusp of reestablishing its constitutional court, a major step in the judicial reform process. This necessary progress is stalled, however, due ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Leyla Moses-Ones at the Albanian Disability Rights Foundation Event

Honorable Minister Denaj and Deputy Minister Kospiri, honorable guests: I am delighted to be here today to celebrate the achievements of ADRF’s nine-year-long, “Economic Empowerment of People with Disabilities” project – EEPD. The United States Government, through USAID, supported the EEPD project because America is committed to helping Albania strengthen its rule of law and ... Read More»

Remarks by USAID Country Director Mikaela Meredith at the Gender Equality Regional Forum

Your Excellency President Meta, Speaker Ruci, honorable guests: I feel privileged to be here this morning to address you.  I am here because both Americans and Albanians share the belief that, regardless of gender, all people are equally articulate, brave, creative, and intelligent, and because both nations share the view that, regardless of gender, all ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Dan Koski at Tirana University Law School Graduation

*Good evening Speaker Ruci, Minister Gjonaj, Minister Shahini, distinguished guests and graduates. I am honored to be with you tonight.  On behalf of the United States Government, I congratulate all of today’s graduates. There is an American graduation tradition I’m sure you know very well.  In my hand I’m holding a tassel.  Tassels like this ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

Since justice reform passed unanimously in 2016, Albanian institutions, including new independent judicial bodies, have been working hard to fulfill the will of the people. Parliament’s vote today brings Albania forward in re-establishing the Constitutional Court, a vital judiciary body for democratic checks and balances. The United States remains committed to supporting the formation of ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, i.e. Leyla Moses-Ones at the Engaging Youth for Building Resilience in Communities Project

Good Morning Deputy Minister Kuko, Chairman Spahiu, religious leaders, distinguished guests.  It is my honor to be here with you today. Allow me to begin by expressing my enthusiasm for the inauguration of the AIC’s community building program.  Together we launched this project in 2015 to thwart extremist groups and protect Albania’s democracy.  Because of ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Dan Koski at the Regional Conference against Trafficking in Human Beings

Good morning Minister Lleshaj, Minister Manastirliu, Deputy Minister Voda, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen.  I am honored to speak to all of you who are devoted to the great cause of ending human trafficking. It goes without saying that human traffickers are clever.  They adapt.  They try to stay one step ahead of justice.  But even ... Read More»

Remarks by Public Affairs Officer Brian Beckmann at the Project Management and Reporting Workshop

Good morning, Strengthening NGOs is a top priority for the U.S. Embassy in Albania. We know that by empowering you, you will hold government and business accountable. We have already begun to see good result from our NGO empowerment projects.  We want to see more. Whether it’s keeping the government accountable, fighting corruption, supporting the key ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Moses-Ones at the U.S. Policy in the Western Balkans Conference

Dear Prime Minister Rama, Ambassador Shannon, Ambassador Soreca, and Ambassador Zuzul, Mr. Serwer and Professor Dr. Angjeli, it is truly an honor to take part in this conference. I am sitting next to a giant of U.S. diplomacy and it is a big honor for me today to be sitting next to my former Under ... Read More»

Apply for the Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program

Are you ready to spend one year in the United States, learn about American culture and to share your culture with Americans? Apply for our  Youth Exchange and Study (YES)  program, which is a fully scholarship that offers high school students in Albania the chance to live with an American family and study at an American high school for a ... Read More»

Interview of DAS for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Mr. Jorgan Andrews

VOA: Mr. Andrews, thank you for this opportunity. What is the purpose of your visit? DAS Andrews: Thank you very much. It is great to be with you today. I am representing a bureau of the U.S. Department of State – the Bureau of International Law Enforcement and Narcotics Affairs. We’re responsible for implementing civilian ... Read More»

Remarks by Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Daniel Koski at the National Advocacy Day

Good Morning. I am delighted to see so many people here today who have embraced the spirit of volunteerism, activism, and civic responsibility.  I am also glad to see so many organizations represented at the second annual National Advocacy Day. Strengthening Albania’s democracy is one of the U.S. government’s highest priorities in Albania. The U.S. ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Tirana, Albania along the Tirana Ring Road (Unaza e Madhe). Event: Demonstrations continue along the Ring Road (Unaza e Madhe) and other areas of the city related to the planned Ring Road expansion.  The demonstration times have changed and are scheduled to take place daily from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. U.S. Embassy personnel ... Read More»

Remarks by Deputy Public Affairs Officer Lucija Straley at the “Debating Economics” Program Launch

Good morning Mrs. Gjini, Chairman Granoff, Junior Achievement Albania Director Bala, rectors, and students. It is a pleasure to be here today to launch the National Debating Economics Program, supported by the U.S. Embassy through our Democracy Commission.  The Debating Economics program aims to help build an active and informed public by educating students in ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Leyla Moses-Ones at the AADF 10 Year Anniversary Celebration

* Chairman of the Trustees Mr Granoff, Trustees of the Albanian-American Development Foundation, and Honorable Guests: On behalf of the United States Mission to Albania and the U.S. Government, I am privileged to attend this celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Albanian-American Development Foundation.  Happy anniversary! Of course tonight we are applauding the great ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Leyla Moses-Ones at the International Day of the Girl Reception

Good evening. I am delighted to be here with you tonight on the eve of the International Day of the Girl, which we celebrate on October 11th each year.  In 2012, the United Nations established this day to highlight the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment around the world. The theme this year ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Leyla Moses-Ones Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

Minister Manastirliu, Deputy Mayor Ruseti, Ambassador Soreca, Director Godaj, and all of you here this evening. Thank you for the invitation to be part of this event today. I am proud to say that this is the eleventh year in which the U.S. Embassy has supported the Breast Cancer Walk. This effort is a great ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Leyla Moses-Ones at the School of Magistrates Graduation Ceremony

Dear Minister Gjonaj, Prosecutor General Marku, Colleagues of the Diplomatic Corps, Director Sadushi, professors of Magistrate School, graduates and family members, It is truly an honor for me to be here with you all today on this special occasion, marking your graduation from the School of Magistrates. Congratulations! Today, I’m not going to talk about ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Moses-Ones for “The Institute for Women in National and International Security Policy”

Deputy Minister Koçi, Chairwoman Felaj, distinguished guests, students, and faculty, I am delighted to be here today to open the first “Institute for Women in National and International Security Policy.” I am especially proud that Dr. Edlira Titini was inspired to organize this institute as a result of her participation in the U.S. Department of ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The United States welcomes the decision of the opposition parties to send representatives to the electoral reform conference being coordinated by the Parliament and OSCE Presence in Albania.   We commend Democratic Party Chairman Lulzim Basha for convening the opposition yesterday.  His efforts demonstrate real leadership on an issue essential to the further strengthening of Albania’s ... Read More»

Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Koski at USAID’s Planning and Local Governance Project Event

Distinguished Deputy Prime Minister Brace, members of cabinet, members of Parliament, dear mayors, dear deputy ministers, members of the donor community, and distinguished guests. Allow me to take a moment to express the United States’ solidarity with the Albanian people in the wake of last weekend’s earthquake.  It has been an unsettling past several days, ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

Yesterday’s verdict against former Minister of Interior Saimir Tahiri demonstrates the growing independence of the judiciary and the beginning of the end of impunity for the well-connected. While Mr. Tahiri’s conviction on abuse of office charges signals an important step forward, the sentencing is discouraging given the seriousness of the charges. Those who abuse the ... Read More»

Remarks by Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Dan Koski at the Ceremony for the “Advanced Internet and Social Media Investigations” Course Completion

Good morning.  ASP Director Veliu, Director Nano, thank you for inviting me here today to participate in the final Antiterrorism Assistance Training Course of the year. Congratulations to all of today’s graduates!  During the past year, you have deepened your knowledge of investigations and, with the assistance of the American trainers and mentors, have used ... Read More»

Remarks by Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Dan Koski at the School of Magistrates Court Administration Project

High Judicial Council Chair Llagami, Director Sadushi, School of Magistrates Faculty, distinguished guests and chancellors, thank you all for being with  us today at this important event. Today we are here to recognize another step forward towards implementing judicial reform in Albania:  the successful completion of the Summer Court Administration Program*. Reform of Albania’s judiciary ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Moses-Ones at the Ceremony in Recognition of the U.S. Attaché and Defense Cooperation Teams in Albania

Minister Xhaçka, General Kollçaku, distinguished guests. Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today. I could easily fill my time today listing all the line items of donations and cooperation among our defense establishments.  Believe me, the list is long.  It includes armored vehicles for your Light Infantry Battalion Group, a Cyber Response ... Read More»

Competitive College Club 2019

Are you interested in furthering your education by studying in the United States? Apply for the EducationUSA Competitive College Club, an advising program that assists top high school students to become competitive applicants to U.S. colleges and universities. Throughout the year, participants will engage in lectures, community service activities, cross-cultural exercises, and test preparation. Through ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Moses-Ones at the Event Marking the 3rd Anniversary of the Passage of Constitutional Amendments for Judicial Reform

Minister Gjonaj, distinguished guests, It is a pleasure to be here today to mark the 3rd anniversary of the passing of Justice Reform and the inauguration of this building that will house the High Prosecutorial Council, the High Judicial Council, and the School of Magistrates. July 21, 2016 began with expectations of a morning vote ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Moses-Ones at the Independence Day Celebration

President Meta, Speaker Ruçi, Ministers and Members of the Parliament, Representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, guests: It is an honor and a privilege for me, along with all our Embassy colleagues, to be joined this evening by our close friends and partners to celebrate 243 years of American independence and freedom.  A warm welcome to ... Read More»

Apply Now for the Investigative Journalism Lab

Are you a student who wants to help combat corruption? Apply to be a part of the investigative journalism lab! Selected students who demonstrate passion and courage for independent, investigative journalism will participate in a mentoring program and write investigative stories on important issues in Albania.  Cutting-edge equipment and journalism training will be provided by ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Albania: Parliament Office Building (Tirana) Prime Minister’s Office (Tirana) Other government buildings (Tirana) Event:  A large demonstration is expected to take place near the Prime Minister’s Office on Monday, July 8, 2019, beginning around 8:00 p.m.  The group intends to demonstrate against ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The United States welcomes the conclusions of the ODIHR election observation mission, which found that the municipal elections of June 30 were conducted in a generally peaceful and orderly manner and offered an overall positive assessment of the vote counting.  We recognize, however, as the ODIHR mission noted, that the political standoff and polarization contributed ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Moses-Ones at the AmCham Celebration of the U.S. Independence Day

AmCham members, friends, and colleagues: Good afternoon. I’m honored to be here today, thank you for inviting me.  I’d like to start by welcoming AmCham’s new president of the Board of Directors, Enio Jaco, and new executive director, Ilir Trimi.  Welcome Enio and Ilir; I look forward to working with you. Two hundred and forty-three ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The U.S. Embassy calls on all political leaders, government officials, security personnel, and citizens of Albania to ensure that the elections on June 30 are conducted in an orderly and transparent manner. We urge political leaders to reject any and all forms of violence, or any attempts to disrupt the electoral process or otherwise interfere ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizen

Location: In and around polling stations, counting centers, election administration offices throughout Albania.  Albania will hold elections in every municipality on June 30, 2019. Event:  Municipal elections in Albania are scheduled to take place on June 30, 2019.  Voting is scheduled from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.  Elections will be held in every Albanian municipality.  ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The United States wants what the people of Albania deserve:  A rule of law that protects civil servants and schoolhouses from senseless attacks, that defends the integrity and the safety of the electoral process, and that keeps the promise of a citizen’s right to peacefully protest while holding accountable those who engage in violence.  We ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Leyla Moses-Ones at the Firefighting equipment Donation Ceremony

Minister Xhacka, General Shehu, Distinguished Guests, First, I want to begin by noting the incredibly strong friendship and bilateral working relationship between our two countries; and I look forward to further strengthening those ties as we continue to cooperate and move forward together on shared security goals. It is an honor to be with you ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Albania: Parliament Building (Tirana) Prime Minister’s Office (Tirana) Other government buildings (Tirana) Event:  A large demonstration is expected to take place near the Prime Minister’s Office on Friday, June 21, 2019, beginning around 8:00 p.m.  The group intends to demonstrate against the ... Read More»

Interview of U.S. DAS Matthew Palmer with Journalist Muhamed Veliu, Top Channel

Mr. Palmer, from your last visit in Albania with the regard of Albanian political crisis, has anything changed in your position? The U.S. position has not changed regarding the political situation in Albania. The burning of parliamentary mandates, the boycotting of elections, the violence we have seen in politically-organized rallies are fundamentally at odds with ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Albania: Parliament Building (Tirana) Prime Minister’s Office (Tirana) Other government buildings (Tirana) Event:  A large demonstration is expected to take place near the Prime Minister’s Office on June 8, 2019, beginning around 7:00 p.m.  The group intends to demonstrate against the Albanian ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Leyla Moses-Ones at the “Balkan Fact Checking/Disinformation” Conference

It is a pleasure to be here with all of you dedicated journalists from across the region. I would especially like to acknowledge our keynote speakers. They have travelled great distances to share lessons learned from their titanic efforts working to forge a free and fact-based media, which we all know is an essential foundation ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The U.S. Embassy condemns the violence taking place during tonight’s protest. Peaceful assembly and the right to petition the government are hallmarks of healthy democracies, but they are rights that must be exercised peacefully. The use of pyrotechnics, especially when aimed at police, is not a peaceful act, is unacceptable, and undemocratic. We call on ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Leyla Moses-Ones at the Embassy Iftar Dinner

Good evening Chairman Spahiu, Baba Mondi, Chairwoman Aliko, Rector Gjana, teachers and students.  Thank you for coming to our Iftar — we are so privileged to share it with you.  Tonight is part of a rich tradition of celebrating the role of faith in our lives, and a reminder that Ramadan has a long tradition ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Albania: Parliament Building (Tirana) Prime Minister’s Office (Tirana) Other government buildings (Tirana) Event:  A large demonstrations expected to take place near the Prime Minister’s Office on June 2, 2019, beginning around 7:00 p.m.  The group intends to demonstrate against the Albanian government ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

We welcome the European Commission’s recommendation for opening accession talks with Albania and its recognition that Albania continues to make progress in implementing crucial and irreversible reforms. The United States remains committed to working with our Albanian and EU partners to ensure Albania’s successful EU integration, including our full support for the ongoing implementation of ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The United States respects citizens’ democratic right to peacefully demonstrate. We call on all participants in today’s demonstrations – both citizens and law enforcement officials – to refrain from violence. Provoking physical altercations or using projectiles such as explosive devices, Molotov cocktails, and rocks, is undemocratic and unlawful. Those who engage in these violent activities ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Albania: Parliament Building (Tirana) Prime Minister’s Office (Tirana) Other government buildings (Tirana) Event: A large demonstration is expected to take place near the Prime Minister’s Office on May 25, 2019, beginning at 7:00 p.m.  The group intends to demonstrate against the Albanian ... Read More»

Remarks by Defense Attaché James Hilton at the Western Balkan Security Conference

President Meta, Minister Xhaçka, honorable ambassadors, and distinguished guests, friends and colleagues. Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you on a topic we all hold dear: security challenges in the Balkans during the Euro-Atlantic transition. I will spend my brief minutes with you this morning discussing two of these security challenges: external threats ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Moses-Ones at the “Schools as Community Centers” Event

Honorable Deputy Speaker Hysi, Deputy Minister Treni, Coordinator Sojati, Mr. Hroni, distinguished guests. It is my honor to be here with you today. Allow me to begin today by congratulating not only IDM for the conclusion of the successful pilot, “Schools as Community Centers,” but also to all those who helped ensure the program’s success.  ... Read More»

All you need to know about Work Visas in the United States

Albanians are very interested in work visas. However, they have little information about it. Can you tell us about it? The work visas are divided into immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. With an employment-based immigrant visa, the foreign national will be issued the residency permit, also known as the “green card,” and will be able to ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

Peaceful demonstrations are essential to healthy democracies, and the right of citizens to assemble and to protest against their government is fundamental.  Force and violence, however, have no place in the democratic process. We condemn the violence that took place during the May 11 protests in Tirana and those responsible.  The violence resulted in both ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Tirana, Albania: Prime Minister’s Office Parliament Building Other government buildings Event: A demonstration is expected to take place on May 13, 2019, beginning around 18:30.  The group intends to demonstrate against the Albanian government.  The duration of the expected demonstration is ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The U.S. Embassy condemns the violence taking place during tonight’s protest. The opposition’s stated objective to make Albania’s democracy stronger runs counter to the violence currently being perpetrated by protesters. Violence is inherently undemocratic, and it must stop. Protest leaders have a responsibility to encourage calm. We call on all parties to show restraint. Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The right to engage in peaceful protest is a fundamental democratic right.  For the past several months, the majority of participants has exercised its democratic right to peacefully protest.  However, the moment a peaceful protest is marred by an act of violence, by even one individual, the democratic purpose of the protest is compromised.  It ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Tirana, Albania: Prime Minister’s Office Parliament Building Other government buildings Event: A demonstration is expected to take place near the Prime Minister’s Office on May 11, 2019, beginning around 18:30.  The group intends to demonstrate against the Albanian government.  The duration of the ... Read More»

Remarks by Public Affairs Officer Beckmann at the Presentation of Study of Media Professionals

Thank you to the University of Tirana’s Journalism Department for having us today. Today is a very important day around the world and specifically for you, as journalism students. It marks World Press Freedom Day. On this day, we celebrate the fundamental principles that are at the core of democracy and at the core of ... Read More»

USAID Assistant Administrator Brock Bierman Statement Following High Judicial Council Roundtable

There is no question that, over the past two decades, Albania has made tremendous progress in strengthening its economic and democratic foundations. USAID has been proud to support these efforts, and we continue to do so. Further progress demands continued commitment to justice reform. The Albanian people deserve transparent institutions, especially independent judicial institutions that ... Read More»

Remarks by USAID Mission Director Mikaela Meredith at the “Violent Extremism in Albania” National Conference

Honorable Guests, Coordinator Sojati, distinguished guests, it is my honor to be here with you today. Let me begin by congratulating the Albanian government, in the form of the National Countering Violent Extremism Center led by Agron Sojati.  The Albanian government is a regional leader in countering and preventing violent extremism.  The U.S. Embassy is ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Moses-Ones, senior level workshop on Terrorist Use of Technology

Good Morning Director Veliu, ladies and gentlemen Before I turn to the topic of the conference, I would like to say a few words about Albania’s State Police. I want to recognize all the efforts that the ASP has made over the past year. You have shown professionalism and courage in your duties to protect ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Moses-Ones at the Breakfast with Women in Politics

Madame Minister, Ambassador Soreca, members of parliament, Ms. Godaj, distinguished guests. Thank you all for the invitation to be part of this event today.  Empowering women and girls is among the main priorities of the U.S. Government.  And, our U.S. National Security Strategy highlights the fact that investing in women helps nations achieve greater peace ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Tirana, Albania: Prime Minister’s Office Parliament Building Other government buildings Event: A demonstration is expected to take place near the Prime Minister’s Office on April 13, 2019, beginning at 18:00.  The group intends to demonstrate against the Albanian government.  The duration of the ... Read More»

Remarks by A/DCM Koski at the American Chamber of Commerce General Assembly

AmCham Chairman Crawford, Board Members, Deputy Minister Haxhi, AmCham Members, Friends, and Colleagues: Good evening. It’s an honor to be here tonight.  I’d like to start by bidding farewell to Mark Crawford, the Chamber’s outgoing chairman, and Enida Bezhani, AmCham’s former executive director.  On behalf of the United States Embassy, allow me to extend my ... Read More»

Remarks by Public Affairs Officer Brian Beckmann to Journalism Students and Graduates

Good afternoon.  First, I would like to extend my thanks to Rector Gjana for inviting me to speak with you all today. My message today is this: speak the truth. When asked to come today, I was asked to address freedom of the press, the relationship between media and politics and challenges faced by Albanian ... Read More»

Transcript of Interview of DAS Matthew Palmer with Anila Hoxha of Top Channel

Anila Hoxha: Mr. Palmer, what does justice reform represent for the U.S. Government in Albania and what assistance does it plan for the next steps of justice reform? DAS Palmer: Thank you for having me here and thank you for that question. Justice reform for the United States represents a path forward for the Albanian ... Read More»

Transcript of DAS Palmer Q&A with USG Journalism Program Alumni

Thimi Samarxhiu, Vizion +: Senior U.S. officials have stated in many cases that Russia’s influence in the Western Balkans has brought instability in this region.  Do you see the latest events in the region, especially Albania, affected by this influence? DAS Palmer: I think it is important to put this in a broader regional context, ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Moses-Ones at the Peace Corps Swearing-In Ceremony

(In Albanian) Dear Peace Corps trainees, Peace Corps employees, and host families, Good morning.  I would like to start by thanking the host families for welcoming Peace Corps trainees into your homes.  Soon, these trainees will take an oath in which they will promise to share American culture with an open heart and open mind, but ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé Moses-Ones at the MRAP Donation Ceremony

Minister Xhacka, General Kollcaku, General Mullai, members of the Albanian Armed Forces (AAF), and distinguished guests. Thank you for allowing me the privilege to be here with you today.  It is an honor to partake in this commemorative ceremony.  A ceremony that exemplifies the United States Governments commitment to stronger ties with Albania, and is ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Moses-Ones at the ASP Case Management System Upgrade Inauguration

Minister Lleshaj, General Director Veliu, distinguished members of the Albanian State Police, members of the U.S. Embassy Tirana and friends, (In Albanian) I appreciate this opportunity to mark this significant milestone in the modernization of the Albanian State Police.  I am proud to celebrate the continued success of the close partnership between the Albanian State ... Read More»

Remarks by Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Koski at the Territorial Planning and Local Economic Development Conference

Deputy Prime Minister, Agency Representatives, Mayors, distinguished guests, Pershendetje! Thank you for the opportunity to be here today. The work you are doing is building the promise for a better and brighter future in Albania, for all Albanians. The United States is proud to contribute to that effort. Together, we are laying the foundation for ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires i.e. Moses-Ones at the “70 years of NATO, 10 years of NATO Membership for Albania” Event

Good morning everyone, dear Deputies, dear Ministers, dear distinguished members of the diplomatic corps and other distinguished guests, friends and colleagues. As I begin these remarks, I want to take you back to April 4, 1949, the day the United States formally tied its safety and security to that of Europe for the first time.  ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Tirana, Albania: Deshmoret e Kombit Boulevard, in the vicinity of the Prime Minister’s Office Zogu i Zi area Qyteti Studenti Selman Stermasi Stadium Event: A demonstration is expected to take place today. Demonstrators will reportedly gather at the Zogu i Zi ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

While peaceful protest is a fundamental pillar of a democracy, inciting or committing acts of violence, including the destruction of public property, is unlawful.  We urge all stakeholders in Albania’s democracy to practice restraint during the upcoming March 16 protest.  The United States Embassy views the current government and parliament of Albania as legitimately elected ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Tirana, Albania: Parliament Building Prime Minister’s Office Other government buildings Event: Demonstrations are expected to take place when the Albanian Parliament is in session. Exact dates are unknown, but demonstrations may occur on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. The group intends ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Tirana, Albania: Karl Topia Square, also called “Zogu i Zi” Qyteti Studenti (Student City) Selman Stermasi Stadium Rruga George W. Bush, in front of the Albanian Parliament Event: A demonstration is expected to take place on February 21, 2019.  Demonstrators will ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

A healthy democracy requires an opposition that operates constructively within constitutional institutions. Threats by the Democratic Party, the Socialist Movement for Integration, and other opposition parties to abandon their mandates in Parliament undermine the basic principles of democracy and subvert the important progress Albania has achieved on rule of law and responsible governance. The United ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Tirana, Albania: Deshmoret e Kombit Boulevard, in the vicinity of the Prime Minister’s Office Zogu i Zi area Qyteti Studenti Selman Stermasi Stadium Event: A demonstration is expected to take place on February 16, 2019.  Demonstrators will reportedly gather at the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The right to peacefully assemble, petition the government, and protest for positive change are hallmarks of a free and healthy democratic society. It is a right exercised often in the United States. However, this right must be exercised peacefully. Violence against people or property is unacceptable. We call upon all involved in Saturday’s protest, and ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Moses-Ones at the Progress Achieved in the Fight Against Cannabis Event

Dear Minister Lleshaj, Director of Police Veliu, Ambassador Soreca, distinguished guests and participants; I would like to start today by thanking Minister Lleshi for the invitation to speak today on this very important topic. The war on illicit drugs is not just a campaign – it is a cause for democracy.  It is a show ... Read More»

Anti-Corruption Legal Advisor Gjon Juncaj Interview on 31 Minutes

You are a prosecutor by profession and I think this period in Albania has been enough to understand the difficulties of Albanian prosecutors, the kind of work they do here. What do you think is their main obstacle, their main difficulty they face in their work? I know you have been assisting some prosecutors from ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

We congratulate the Albanian State Police and partner law enforcement agencies for the arrest of international drug trafficker Klement Balili.  This marks a major step for the Albanian people on the path towards enforced rule of law, and serves as demonstrable progress towards opening EU accession talks.  We look forward to a swift and thorough ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

We commend the Government of Albania for taking action against the Iranian regime for its terrorist plotting on Albanian soil, threatening European security. The Government of Albania has demonstrated true leadership on our joint efforts to send a clear message to Iran that conducting terrorist operations in Europe, or anywhere else, is unacceptable and will ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Moses-Ones Remarks at the National Conference against Trafficking in Persons

Good morning Deputy Minister Voda, good morning Ambassador Norman, Deputy Ambassador Wilton, Ladies and Gentlemen. Today, I want to talk about the victims.  I want us to enter their world.  Because they are everywhere, and we need to see them.  We also need to recognize their strength, their bravery, and the opportunities they can have ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The U.S. Embassy in Tirana welcomes the establishment of the High Prosecutorial Council and the High Judicial Council.   We congratulate the prosecutors and judges who took part in the voting for their courage and for choosing to change Albania’s history. The formation of the Councils marks a crucial step in the implementation of Albania’s justice ... Read More»

Remarks by Country Representative Mikaela Meredith at the Signing of Agreement between USAID and OSHEE

Good morning and thank you to OSHEE CEO, Mr. Adrian Cela. I am honored to be here for this MoU signing and to mark the newest stage of partnership between our two governments. Not long ago, Albania faced a real energy crisis. Power outages, high import prices, and energy losses estimated as high as 45 ... Read More»

Security Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Throughout Europe, including Albania. Event: During the holiday season, security measures in Europe, including Albania, remain heightened due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe.  Extremists may continue to focus on tourist locations such as Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Moses-Ones Remarks at the Meeting to Elect Members of the HPC

Prosecutor General Marku, Minister Gjonaj, Ambassador Soreca, honorable diplomats, Chief prosecutors and prosecutors, Over two years ago this country made a commitment to its people and to its international partners to dramatically improve the justice system.  Early in the morning of July 22, 2016, the parliament unanimously passed the necessary constitutional changes and, thus, promised ... Read More»

Remarks by A/DCM Koski at the Annual Conference of the People’s Advocate

People’s Advocate Ballanca, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. This past summer, several of my Embassy colleagues attended a ceremony at the site of the former communist labor camp in Tepelena.  They gathered there with many others, including several of you here today, to honor the former inmates of that camp. During that ceremony, President Meta ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

An independent, accountable, and professional judiciary will benefit Albanian citizens who have overwhelmingly expressed support for justice sector reform. A fully functioning justice system is also in the clear interest of Albanian judges and prosecutors. We call on Albanian judges and prosecutors to ensure a free and transparent election process for magistrates in the High Prosecutorial ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Tirana, Albania – Mother Teresa Square, Student City, and the surrounding areas; Other cities around Albania. Event: A large student demonstration is expected to take place in the Mother Teresa Square as well as Student City and surrounding areas in Tirana beginning early on December 8, 2018. Additional demonstrations are expected to take place in ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

This year, the U.S. Embassy has called upon honest, patriotic judges and prosecutors with integrity to serve their country on the High Judicial Council and High Prosecutorial Council.  With the formation of these justice institutions on the horizon, Albania is on the verge of creating a justice system that truly serves the interests of its ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Leyla Moses-Ones at the School of Magistrates

Prosecutor General Marku, students and faculty of the School of Magistrates, In December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 54/134, proclaiming November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.  This day is the official start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, a yearly campaign where we ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Pompeo on Albania National Day

On behalf of the United States government and the American people, I congratulate the people of Albania as you celebrate your Independence Day. As you commemorate your 106 years of independence, we in America celebrate and recognize our enduring friendship with Albania. The United States values Albania’s commitment to NATO and the Global Coalition to ... Read More»

Security Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location:Tirana, Albania along the Tirana Ring Road (Unaza e Madhe). Event: Possible demonstrations along the Ring Road (Unaza e Madhe) and other areas of the city related to the planned Ring Road expansion.  A related demonstration occurred on November 22, 2018 in front of the Parliament and resulted in multiple injuries. U.S. Embassy personnel and family ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following neighborhoods in Tirana, Albania: Tirana downtown area, in vicinity of the Parliament Tirana Ring Road. Event: A demonstration took place earlier today at the Parliament resulting in numerous injuries. A second demonstration is expected to take place today, November 22, 2018 at 5:00 pm. Although ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

Yesterday marked a significant step forward for the Albanian people, who demand and deserve true justice from their judicial system. We were encouraged by the work of Albanian prosecutors, who, based on evidence, convinced the Serious Crime judges that a crime boss and other criminals belong in jail. We applaud the careful review of this ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

Over the past many months, we have been encouraged by the progress we have seen in the fight against organized crime and corruption in Albania – a direct result of the work done by Albanian authorities, particularly those police and prosecutors who strive for true justice for all Albanians.  There is more work to do, ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Moses-Ones at the Conference “Violent Extremism in Albania”

Honorable Deputy Prime Minister Mesi, Minister Nikolla, Coordinator Sojati, Mr. Vurmo, distinguished guests.  It is my honor to be here with you today. Let me begin by congratulating IDM.  The results of your study will help strengthen all of our efforts to counter and prevent violent extremism in Albania.  The U.S. Embassy is proud to ... Read More»

Remarks by A/DCM Koski at the Tirana University Law School’s Graduation

Minister Gjonaj, colleagues of the Diplomatic Corps, distinguished guests, graduates, It is my honor to be with you today.  On behalf of the United States Government, I congratulate all of today’s graduates on your outstanding achievement.  I wish you all great success. I hope to be brief, so please allow me to share three messages with ... Read More»

“Outlaw Regime: A Chronicle of Iran’s Destructive Activities”

This report documents the magnitude of the Islamic Republic’s destructive activities at home and abroad. Many of the activities highlighted have occurred recently, while others date back to the early days of the revolution. As this report makes clear, the one constant is that the Iranian regime will do whatever it takes to maintain its ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Leyla Moses-Ones at School of Magistrates Graduation Ceremony

Honorable Mr. Dedja, Mr. Sadushi, Mr. Zaganjori, colleague Ambassadors, Commissioner  Jourova, dear magistrates, good morning! Thank you for having me here today. It is an honor to be with you on this special occasion to mark your graduation from the School of Magistrates. [Now I will continue in English.] Honest. Courageous. Patriotic. These are the words the U.S. government has used to describe the ... Read More»

Transcript of Interview with PDAS Elisabeth Millard

Klodiana Lala: Ms. Millard, it is a great pleasure to have you in this interview. This is your first time in Albania. What are the most problematic issues that the U.S. Department of State sees with most concern regarding Albania? PDAS Millard: Klodiana, thank you so much for having me here today. It is a ... Read More»

Transcript of Interview with U.S. Ambassador Donald Lu

Sokol Balla: Good evening and welcome to this second edition of Real Story here on Vizion Plus, every Monday and Thursday, at 9 pm. I am Sokol Balla. It’s a new studio, a new season, and we start the program with an invitee who comes here for the first time and, unfortunately, also for the ... Read More»

Security Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: The Elbasan soccer stadium and surrounding vicinity, Elbasan, Albania. Event: A soccer match between the Albanian and Israeli national soccer teams scheduled for September 7, 2018, at 8:45 p.m.  The Embassy is not aware of any specific threats against U.S. citizens or interests at this time. However, U.S. citizens should exercise caution in the ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Lu at the Roundtable on the Campaign Against Organized Crime

Minister Xhafaj, Director General Veliu, ambassadorial colleagues, Eight months ago, we met to hear Minister Xhafaj declare war on organized crime.  At that time, we pledged our resources to support going after the big fish criminals. A lot has happened in eight months, but a lot more remains to be done. First, this government has ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

We congratulate Albania on the positive decision regarding the opening of EU accession talks.  Albania has made significant progress, and now needs to step up efforts to conclude key reforms.  We encourage Albania to increase momentum on judicial reform, anti-corruption and anti-organized crime. Read More»

Albanian Cadet Admitted to United States Military Academy at West Point

In a ceremony held on June 21 at the U.S. Embassy, U.S. Charge D’Affaires Ryan Roberts and U.S. Defense Attaché James Hilton presented the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) Acceptance Certificate to Albanian Cadet Enea Hilaj who was accompanied by his family. Mr. Hilaj is the fourth Albanian Cadet to attend the Academy but the first ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Donald Lu

I am following closely the accusations against Minister Xhafaj and his brother Agron Xhafaj. The facts and evidence, including the veracity and circumstances surrounding the reported audio recording, deserve an independent investigation.  But this cannot be a reason to interrupt the work of the police and prosecutors to arrest dangerous organized crime leaders.  Now is ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Mike Pompeo on LGBTI Pride Month

The United States joins people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month, and reaffirms its commitment to protecting and defending the human rights of all, including LGBTI persons. In many parts of the world, LGBTI individuals and their supporters continue to face violence, arrest, harassment and intimidation for ... Read More»

Remarks by Secretary Pompeo on 2017 Report on International Religious Freedom

MS NAUERT: Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the State Department. Thank you for coming in so early this morning for the unveiling of the  International Religious Freedom Report . I’d like to first introduce Secretary Pompeo, who will give some brief remarks and an announcement. And then Ambassador Sam Brownback, who is our global ambassador for religious freedom, will ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following neighborhoods in Tirana, Albania: Deshmoret e Kombit Boulevard, in vicinity of Prime Minister’s Office Murat Toptani Street, in the vicinity of the Interior Ministry. Event:  A demonstration is expected to take place on May 26, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., with people expected to ... Read More»

Consular Visit to Sarandë

Greetings, We are excited to announce that we will be visiting Sarande on Friday, May 25, to meet with you and assist with any U.S. citizen services you might need. Our Consular staff will gladly accept passport applications, perform notarial services, and provide information regarding Social Security, voter registration, and more.  Please visit our webpage for a ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Pompeo On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

The United States stands for the protection of fundamental freedoms and universal human rights. Our nation was founded on the bedrock principle that we are all created equal – and that every person is entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Around the world, far too many governments continue to arrest and abuse ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Pompeo On the Occasion of Ramadan

On behalf of the United States Department of State, I offer best wishes to Muslims around the world for a peaceful and blessed Ramadan. For those observing this month, it is a time of reverence, generosity, and spiritual introspection. Ramadan is also a cherished time of community, often spent reconnecting with family and friends. It ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Pompeo On the Opening of U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Today I am proud to celebrate the opening of the United States Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem. This significant event fulfills a promise made by President Trump. As he proclaimed on December 6, 2017, “Seventy years ago, the United States, under President Truman, recognized the State of Israel. Since then, the State of Israel has ... Read More»

Consular Visit to Shkodër

Greetings from the U.S. Embassy in Tirana. We are excited to announce that we will be visiting Shkoder on Monday, May 14th to meet with you and assist with any U.S. citizen services you might need. Our Consular staff will gladly accept passport applications, perform notarial services, and provide information regarding Social Security, voter registration, and more.  Please ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The U.S. Embassy welcomes the progress made by Albania in its fight against organized crime and corruption. The court decision to place Saimir Tahiri under house arrest is a sign that this important corruption case will be decided fairly and transparently in the courts. The arrest of Met Kanani in Turkey and 14 members of ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Pompeo On President Trump’s Decision to Withdraw From the JCPOA

As we exit the Iran deal, we will be working with our allies to find a real, comprehensive, and lasting solution to the Iranian threat. We have a shared interest with our allies in Europe and around the world to prevent Iran from ever developing a nuclear weapon. But our effort is broader than just ... Read More»

Ambassador Lu Remarks at the “New Business Models for CSO” Conference

Deputy Prime Minister Mesi, Mrs. Hoxha, ladies and gentlemen, Two years ago, I said at another Partners Albania conference: Civil society in Albania is strong and dynamic. Civil society is largely led by women and young people with energy, enthusiasm and optimism. And civil society can play an important watchdog role against corruption. When I ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert for U. S. Citizens

Location: Tirana, Albania Event: U.S. citizens are informed that demonstrations are planned for Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm, starting near the Taiwan Center and proceeding to the Prime Minister’s office building. Rruga Deshmorit e Kombit will be blocked. Additional demonstrations could develop without notice throughout Albania in the coming days. U.S. citizens ... Read More»

Press Statement by Heather Nauert, State Department Spokesperson

We continue to closely follow disturbing reports on April 7 regarding another alleged chemical weapons attack, this time targeting a hospital in Douma, Syria. Reports from a number of contacts and medical personnel on the ground indicate a potentially high number of casualties, including among families hiding in shelters. These reports, if confirmed, are horrifying ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location:  Multiple highways throughout Albania Event:  U.S. citizens are informed that several Albanian media outlets have reported that demonstrations may block portions of several national highways throughout Albania, beginning mid-morning on Thursday, April 5, 2018.  Potentially affected highways include Tirana-Vora, Lushnje-Fier, Elbasan-Tirana, Korca-Elbasan and Fushe Kruje-Lezha. Actions to Take: Avoid the demonstration area. Be aware ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location:  Tirana, Albania Event:  The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that there are ongoing demonstrations near the Tirana District Police Directorate on Rruga Sami Frasheri.  U.S. government personnel  have been advised to avoid the demonstration area. Actions to Take: Avoid the demonstration area. Be aware of your surroundings. Monitor local media for updates. Assistance: U.S. Embassy ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Lu at the “Combat Trafficking in Persons in the Balkans” Project

Deputy Minister Mrs. Rovena Voda, Anti-Trafficking Coordinators from Montenegro and Macedonia, Terre des Hommes colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, Some of the most emotional moments I have experienced in Albania have been during my visits to the amazing NGO trafficking shelters here in Albania. I have met young girls, some just 14-years old, who have already ... Read More»

Statement by Spokesperson Nauert on Holding Russia Accountable for its Destabilizing Behavior

On March 4, Russia used a military-grade nerve agent to attempt to murder a British citizen and his daughter in Salisbury. This attack on our Ally the United Kingdom put countless innocent lives at risk and resulted in serious injury to three people, including a police officer. In response to this outrageous violation of the ... Read More»

Statement from the Press Secretary on the Expulsion of Russian Intelligence Officers

Today President Donald J. Trump ordered the expulsion of dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States and the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle due to its proximity to one of our submarine bases and Boeing. The United States takes this action in conjunction with our NATO allies and partners around the ... Read More»

U.S. Passport Execution Fee Will Increase to $35

Effective April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35.  The $10 execution fee increase only applies to U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form, such as first-time applicants over 16, children under 16, and applicants who re-apply after reporting their previous passport lost or stolen. For more information please visit the U.S. ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Tillerson on International Women’s Day

As we commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8th, the United States renews our steadfast commitment to addressing inequalities between women and men at home and abroad and reaffirms the importance of advancing the status of women and girls globally. We will continue to implement measures to strengthen the economic empowerment of women and girls ... Read More»

Statement by U.S. Ambassador Donald Lu

The U.S. Embassy and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration commend the Albanian State Police, Serious Crimes Prosecutors, and Customs officials for the seizure of 614 kilos of Colombian cocaine yesterday in Durres.  This represents the largest single seizure of cocaine or heroin in several years.  It is a welcome sign that Albanian law enforcement is ... Read More»

State Department Announces Fulbright Top Producing Institutions

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that the lists of more than 150 U.S. higher education institutions that sent the most Fulbright U.S. Students and Scholars abroad in academic year 2017-2018 are now available. The lists highlight the Fulbright Program’s strong institutional diversity and impact on American communities. The State Department’s Bureau ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The United States Embassy was disappointed by Prime Minister Rama’s remarks about Kosovo and Albania on the occasion of Kosovo’s 10th Anniversary of Independence.   Careless language alluding to unification is unhelpful and damaging to Albania’s relationships with its neighbors. We call on all leaders to be good neighbors and abandon the divisive language of the ... Read More»

Remarks by Secretary Tillerson at the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Ministerial

Good morning, and thank you, Excellencies, Minister al-Sabah, for the – for welcoming me today, and I want to also greet excellencies, colleagues, and friends of the coalition. I appreciate the opportunity to address you. It has been approximately three and a half years since the global coalition began its effort to defeat ISIS. At ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Donald Lu at the Awards Ceremony for Vocational Training Graduates

Minister Ahmetaj, Minister Nikolla, Amb. Ndisi, Mr. Ilirjani, Director Micko, Ms. Laçi, dear graduates, One of my first jobs was as a baker.  It was my first year in university and I woke up every day at five in the morning and learned to bake bread, cookies, pies and cakes.  It was a great job ... Read More»

The United States Provides Disaster Response Equipment to Albania

Today U.S. Ambassador Donald Lu and Albanian Defense Minister Olta Xhaçka welcomed the delivery of the first shipment of U.S. disaster response equipment to Albania’s Directorate of Civil Emergencies to enhance their capacity to respond to future flooding.  The shipment was sent from Livorno, Italy after extensive coordination with the European Command (EUCOM) Humanitarian Assistance ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Lu at the Ceremony Marking the Donation of Flood Prevention and Control Equipment

Minister Xhaçka, Director Premçi, brave men and women of the Albanian Armed Forces, Good afternoon.  I come with a simple message from your American allies — We believe in the heroism of Albanian soldiers, sailors and airmen. We have seen this heroism in Afghanistan, in Iraq, in Bosnia, in Mali and in Latvia. We have ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Lu at the Beder University Religious Tolerance Discussion

Rector Gjana, Professor Hajderi, Rector Teliti, religious leaders, professors, dear students, Good morning.  I am joining you today to say bravo to you about your work on promoting religious tolerance.  So I will begin with some comments about religious tolerance in my life and here in Albania.  Then I want to talk about Holocaust Remembrance ... Read More»

Ambassador Lu Discusses Religious Tolerance with University Students

On January 30, Ambassador Lu met with students from Bedër, Logos, Our Lady of Good Counsel, the Theological Catholic Institute in Shkoder, and the Orthodox Theological Academy in Durres for an open discussion.  He congratulated students from different religious communities and universities on their work to advance the Albanian tradition of interfaith dialogue and noted ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following neighborhoods in Tirana, Albania: Deshmoret e Kombit Boulevard, in vicinity of Prime Minister’s Office Mother Theresa Square Skanderbeg Square Event:  A demonstration is expected to take place on January 27, 2018, beginning at 10:00 a.m.  The group intends to protest against the Albanian ... Read More»

Remarks by Secretary Tillerson on The Way Forward for the United States Regarding Syria

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much. Well, good morning. And I really, really appreciate this opportunity to swing down to Stanford while I was out on the West Coast and particularly to address this group. And I want to thank Stanford and the Hoover Institution and the international studies group for allowing ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The U.S. Embassy welcomes the decision today by the CEC to remove the mandates of Aqif Rakipi and Gledion Rehovica. This decision is positive evidence that the important process of decriminalization, begun in December 2015, is continuing in Albania. Read More»

Improvements to Consular Messaging

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts.  Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four standard levels of advice.  The Travel Advisory will give ... Read More»

Secretary’s Remarks: I Am Proud of Our Diplomacy

Over the past year, the United States has faced immense challenges in its dealings with North Korea, China and Russia, and in its efforts to defeat international terrorism. But Americans should be encouraged by the progress the State Department and United States Agency for International Development have made in pushing for global peace and stability. ... Read More»

Information on Changes to Department of State Communications with U.S. citizen travelers

The Department of State is improving our communications with U.S. citizen travelers to provide clear, timely, and reliable safety and security information worldwide.  Upcoming revisions to consular safety and security messaging, which will launch in January of 2018, will improve our ability to inform the public in an efficient and comprehensive manner. Information will be ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The President’s announcement affirmed the current and historic reality of Jerusalem’s role as Israel’s capital. The United States recognized the simple truth that Jerusalem is home to Israel’s legislature, prime minister and supreme court. We will continue to work for peace. A process that we hope will offer best outcome for both Israeli and Palestinian ... Read More»

Remarks Before a UN General Assembly Vote on Jerusalem

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 21, 2017 Thank you, Mr. President. To its shame, the United Nations has long been a hostile place for the state of Israel. Both the current and the previous Secretary-Generals have objected to the UN’s ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Tillerson on President Trump’s National Security Strategy

The United States faces a 21st century global environment that presents unconventional threats from non-state actors, as well as challenges to our economic and national security from traditional state actors. Whether the threats are rogue nations seeking nuclear weapons, terrorists plotting to attack our homeland, or malicious cyber actors seeking to damage and destabilize our ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The United States Embassy strongly condemns the violence that took place during today’s protests in Tirana.  We support the right of citizens to peacefully protest, but damaging of public property, releasing of smoke grenades in Parliament and violence are not acceptable.  We call on all parties to show restraint and encourage calm. The people of ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Protest in front of Parliament, Violence Reported

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations in front of the Parliament Building in Tirana continue.  Violence has been reported.  Traffic patterns may be affected.  Please monitor media reports for time and location changes and adjust plans as needed. The U.S. Embassy is not aware of any specific threats against U.S. citizens or interests. The Embassy ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Expected Demonstrations for December 18, 2017

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of expected demonstrations in front of the Parliament Building in Tirana on Monday, December 18, 2017, from 9:00am to 1:00pm.  Traffic patterns may be affected.  Please monitor media reports for time and location changes and adjust plans as needed. The U.S. Embassy is not aware of any specific threats ... Read More»

U.S. Department of State Declaration on the Centennial of President John F. Kennedy

The Department of State pays tribute to the memory and legacy of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy on the centennial of his birth in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1917. President Kennedy pursued a foreign policy based on American strength, a commitment to human freedom and human dignity and the determined use of diplomacy to advance our country’s ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Donald Lu at the People’s Advocate Annual Conference

Honorable Deputy Head of the Parliament Hysi, honorable Deputy Prime Minister Mesi, honorable Advocate e Popullit Balanca, diplomatic colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, Many years ago when my wife was working on her academic research on domestic violence, she taught yoga at a shelter in Central Asia for women who had been trafficked or were victims ... Read More»

Press Statement by Secretary Tillerson on International Human Rights Day

Sixty-nine years ago today, in the aftermath of World War II, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to recognize and elevate the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all individuals, and that these rights are the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world. For those who ... Read More»

Worldwide Caution

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September ... Read More»

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s Joint Statement to the Media with E.U. High Representative Federica Mogherini

MODERATOR: (In progress) ladies and gentlemen, and welcome. High Representative Vice President Federica Mogherini and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson just had a bilateral meeting and will deliver press statements to update you on their discussions. High Representative, you have the floor. HIGH REPRESENTATIVE MOGHERINI: Thank you, Maja, and it’s a pleasure to welcome ... Read More»

Remarks by Carson Relitz Rocker at the Women’s Caucus Event

I nderuar Kryetar i Kuvendit të Shqipërisë zoti Ruçi, e nderuar nënkryetare e Kuvendit zonja Hysi, të nderuara Deputete, të nderuar Ambasadorë, mirëmëngjes. Unë jam Carson Relitz Rocker nga Ambasada Amerikane dhe është një kënaqësi e madhe që ndodhem këtu mes jush!  Ndihem e nderuar që marr pjesë në konstituimin e Aleancës së Grave Deputete. ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Tillerson on Albania National Day

On behalf of the people of the United States, I offer my best wishes to the people of Albania as you celebrate 105 years of independence. Albania is a valued friend and ally, and the United States looks forward to your continued progress towards greater Euro-Atlantic integration and EU membership. We deeply appreciate Albania’s contributions ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Tillerson on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) on November 25 and the accompanying 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the United States reaffirms its commitment to defending the rights of women and girls to live free from violence. IDEVAW and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based ... Read More»

Letter from a YES Student

by Zylfie Braha, from “Bajram Abdiu” high school, in Bicaj, Kukes, who is currently placed at the “Three rivers” high school, in Michigan. The experience till now has been so exciting! At the begging I thought this was going to be the most exciting part but now I’m not really sure which is the most ... Read More»

Press Statement by Secretary Tillerson on Transgender Day of Remembrance

On Transgender Day of Remembrance, the United States honors the memory of the many transgender individuals who have lost their lives to acts of violence. Transgender individuals and their advocates, along with lesbian, gay, bisexual and intersex persons, are facing increasing physical attacks and arbitrary arrests in many parts of the world. Often these attacks ... Read More»

Europe Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season.  U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals and events.  This Travel Alert expires on January 31, 2018. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Syria Chemical Weapons

by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson On October 26, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), a body established by unanimous decision of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), concluded that the Assad regime is ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Donald Lu at the Petroleum Sector Development Workshop

Minister Gjiknuri, Minister Ahmetaj, colleagues, My colleagues dared me to start today’s workshop with an energy joke.  Here goes: Why did the gardener plant a light bulb? He thought he would get a power plant! Albania has been pulling energy from the ground for more than 100 years.  Crude oil was first discovered at Patos ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Donald Lu at the Launch of the Campaign Against Organized Crime

Minister Xhafaj, Director General Cako, ambassadorial colleagues, In America, we have an expression, if you really believe in something – if you really support it – we have an expression in English “put your money where your mouth is” or in the Albanian language “veprat flasin më shumë se fjalët.” My colleagues from ICITAP police ... Read More»

Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Muniz at the Berat Youth Town Hall Meeting

Good morning.  It is a pleasure to back in Berat.  This is the second of many meetings that we are having with young people in towns across Albania.  When I was asked where I might want to speak to young people, my first answer was Berat – which is probably my favorite town in Albania ... Read More»

Full Remarks by Ambassador Donald Lu at the Ceremony with Land Forces Command

Minister Xhacka, General Kollcaku, General Cahani, brave members of the Albanian Forces, Albanian soldiers and sailors are true heroes.  This has never been more clear than this week when Albanian sailors on the navy ship the Oriku saved the lives of 100 Syrian refugees, including 39 children.  The Oriku has been serving in a NATO ... Read More»

Annual Student Regional Anti-Corruption Competition

Official Student Contest and Rules An annual student regional anti-corruption competition (sponsored by the U.S. Departments of State and Justice and the U.S. Embassies in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia) will be conducted to encourage the Balkan student population to develop public awareness campaigns that advocate for intolerance and rejection ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Donald Lu at the Embassy Youth Council Anti-Corruption Event

Dear students, dear Youth Council members, good morning! I want to commend the remarkable work you have done to fight corruption in the education system.  But first, let me say two words about the current controversy surrounding former Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri. All of you are watching history being made in this country.  What you ... Read More»

Fact Sheets: 2017 Global Funding and Projects

The State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) aims to be a catalyst to draw attention to the issue of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in conflict-affected settings globally in order to improve dialogue, evidence, response, innovation, coordination, and leadership through funding and policy development. In 2013, PRM and USAID/OFDA launched a joint signature ... Read More»

Remarks at the #HiddenNoMore: Empowering Women Leaders in STEM Event

DEPUTY SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Thank you, Alyson, for that kind introduction. And thanks to you and to OES Acting Assistant Secretary Judith Garber for the good work you and your teams have done in putting together this event. First, I want to extend Secretary Tillerson’s regrets that he was unable to join you today. He’s very passionate ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Tirana’s Online Auction

The U.S. Embassy, Tirana, Albania is selling surplus property (two vehicles, household furniture and appliances, office furniture, computer equipment and many more) via web based online auction. Surplus Property is being sold according to the regulations of the U.S. Department of State. Each lot has an assigned unique number (lot number), detailed description, condition, functionality and ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Tillerson on the President’s New Immigration Priorities

The President’s new immigration priorities are focused on keeping Americans safe, ensuring our sovereignty through strong borders, and preserving our country as a nation of laws. The first duty of the federal government is to provide for the national security of the American people, and President Trump’s measures will end vulnerabilities in our immigration system ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated March 6, ... Read More»

Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada

THE PRESIDENT: My fellow Americans, we are joined together today in sadness, shock, and grief. Last night, a gunman opened fire on a large crowd at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. He brutally murdered more than 50 people, and wounded hundreds more. It was an act of pure evil. The FBI and ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Donald Lu at the School of Magistrates Twentieth Anniversary

Honorable former President Moisiu, Chairman Zaganjori, Minister Gjonaj, Minister Xhafaj, Mr. Sadushi, fellow ambassadors, ladies and gentlemen, Good morning! Today, I see two groups in this room. The first group is on the stage, they are some foreigners and some, with due respect, some seniors with a lot of experience in the justice system. To ... Read More»

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Down Syndrome Awareness Month

During Down Syndrome Awareness Month, we celebrate the significant contributions that people with Down syndrome make to their families, to their communities, and to our Nation.  We also salute the family members, caregivers, medical professionals, and advocates who have dedicated themselves to ensuring that these extraordinary people enjoy lives filled with love and increasing opportunity. ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Lu at Rrëshen Youth Town Hall Meeting*

* as prepared for delivery Mr. Kola, Mr. Kacorri, Mrs. Reci, dear students, Good morning.  This is my first visit to Rrëshen and I love it here.  This is also our first of many meetings with young people in towns across Albania.  We have a message for you, but we also hope to learn something ... Read More»

Fact Sheets: U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Syrian Crisis

Maintaining its steadfast commitment to getting lifesaving support to the people of Syria impacted by conflict wherever they are, the United States today announced more than $697 million in additional humanitarian assistance. State Department Bureau of Population, Migration, and Refugees Acting Assistant Secretary Simon Henshaw made this announcement at the UN General Assembly. It brings ... Read More»

Secretary’s Remarks: Remarks at the UN Security Council Session on Nuclear Non-Proliferation

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, good afternoon. And I appreciate the opportunity to address the Security Council again, and I thank this month’s – this month’s chair, Ethiopia. Members of the Security Council talk often of threats to global security. The focus of today’s Security Council meeting is an issue of worldwide implications: nuclear proliferation. At a ... Read More»

Remarks by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson at a Press Availability

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, good evening, all. I want to begin, first, by extending our condolences to all those who have suffered, continue to suffer, from the devastation from the natural disasters that we are witnessing around the Western Hemisphere. Obviously, this succession of massive hurricanes in the Caribbean are really testing, I think, the will and ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential for Demonstrations on September 9

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of the potential for demonstrations located around the Parliament Building in the city of Tirana on September 9, 2017, around 16:00.  Traffic patterns may be affected.  Please monitor media reports and adjust plans as needed. The U.S. Embassy is not aware of any specific threats against U.S. citizens or ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Europe Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.  This travel alert expires on November 30, 2017. Recent, widely reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have ... Read More»

2016 International Religious Freedom Report

The constitution guarantees freedom of conscience and religion. It stipulates there is no official religion, says the state is neutral in matters of belief, recognizes the equality and independence of religious groups, and prohibits discrimination based on religion. The government has agreements with the Sunni Muslim and Bektashi communities, the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, and the Evangelical Brotherhood of Albania ... Read More»

A delegation of U.S. Senators Visits Albania

A delegation of four U.S. Senators visited Albania today to discuss the U.S.-Albania partnership, and issues of  security, defense and counterterrorism cooperation.  Senators Blunt, Cornyn, Cotton, and Tillis met with President Ilir Meta, Government officials, and leaders from the Democratic Party to underscore the importance of Albania’s role in regional stability, counter-terrorism efforts, and the ... Read More»

U.S. Congressmen Visit Albania

Representatives Devin Nunes and  Rick Crawford visited Albania, where they met with a variety of leaders to discuss a range of issues, including the NATO alliance, regional security, defense and counterterrorism cooperation, and other bilateral affairs. During their visit, Representatives Nunes and Crawford met with President Meta, Democratic Party leader Lulzim Basha, and other government ... Read More»

Remarks by Vice President Mike Pence at the Adriatic Charter Summit

THE VICE PRESIDENT:   Well, thank you all.  Prime Minister Markovic,  Prime Minister Zaev, Prime Minister Brnabic, Prime Minister Cerar, Prime Minister Plenkovic, Prime Minister Rama, , President Thaci, Minister Zvizdic, distinguished guests, it is my great honor to join you today to celebrate the progress of the Western Balkans here at this historic Adriatic Charter ... Read More»

Apply Now for the Investigative Journalism Lab

Are you a journalism student who wants to help combat corruption? You are invited to apply to be a part of the investigative journalism lab! Selected students who demonstrate passion and courage for independent, investigative journalism will be invited to participate in a mentoring program and write investigative reports on important issues in Albania.  Cutting edge ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The United States congratulates the citizens of Albania for exercising their democratic right to vote in the parliamentary elections on June 25, 2017. Voting was conducted efficiently and peacefully in the majority of polling places. We commend the dedicated poll workers and observers who worked through a national holiday and the extreme heat to carry ... Read More»

Press Statement by Secretary Rex W. Tillerson On the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, best wishes to all Muslims celebrating Eid al-Fitr. This holiday marks the culmination of Ramadan, a month in which many experience meaning and inspiration in acts of fasting, prayer, and charity. This day offers an opportunity to reflect on our shared commitment to building peaceful and prosperous ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The U.S. Embassy supports the statements of the leaders of the three largest political parties in support of judicial reform. They are correct that judicial reform will move forward, but the Albanian people should be concerned about attempts to weaken the reform to protect corrupt judges and prosecutors, including those with ties to organized crime. ... Read More»

Press Statement by Secretary Rex Tillerson on LGBTI Pride Month

In recognition of LGBTI Month, the Department of State affirms its solidarity with the human rights defenders and civil society organizations working around the world to uphold the fundamental freedoms of LGBTI persons to live with dignity and freedom. We also recognize that LGBTI persons continue to face the threat of violence and discrimination. Violence ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Maintain Vigilance During Lead-Up to June 25, 2017 National Elections

The U.S. Embassy encourages U.S. citizens to remain vigilant as you travel throughout Albania in advance of the June 25, 2017 national elections.  Large gatherings such as political rallies and demonstrations, even those intended to be peaceful, can turn confrontational without prior indication.  While the U.S. Embassy is not aware of any direct calls for ... Read More»

Statement by the Secretary on the Manchester Attack

Our hearts go out to the families of those who have lost loved ones and to those injured in the attack in Manchester, U.K. While it is too early to determine those responsible for this atrocity, we are working closely with the British government and supporting their efforts to investigate and respond to this attack. Read More»

Democracy Commission Supports Initiatives of Local Non-Governmental Organizations

In the most recent round of the Democracy Commission Small Grants Program, 18 civil society organizations received a total of $ 223,000 in funding for projects that address issues such as civic engagement, women’s empowerment, human rights/ minority rights, youth activism, judicial reform, and environmental protection. Democracy Commission supports initiatives of local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) ... Read More»

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Visit Albania

A delegation of Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, led by Congressman Bob Goodlatte, visited Albania on Wednesday, where they highlighted the U.S.- Albania strategic partnership, the importance of the country’s judicial reform, and regional issues. Representatives Steve King, Matt Gaetz, Dave Trott, David Cicilline, and Peter DeFazio joined Goodlatte, who serves as the chairman of ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Large political protest planned in Tirana, Albania on May 13, 2017

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that a large political protest is planned for May 13, 2017, beginning at the Democratic Party of Albania (DP) headquarters building and ending at the Prime Minister’s office building in Tirana, Albania. Traffic patterns may be affected.  Please monitor media reports and adjust plans as needed.  The U.S. Embassy ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The U.S. Embassy supports the Prime Minister’s call for postponement of the Kavaja municipal elections in order to maintain the focus of the government and the opposition on the dialogue process.  We encourage the continuation and acceleration of the dialogue process as there is limited time remaining before the June 18 elections to resolve these ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential for Protests in Kavaja, Albania, May 6 – May 7

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of the potential for political demonstrations in and around the city of Kavaja, May 6 – May 7.  Traffic patterns may be affected on routes entering and exiting the city.  Please monitor media reports and adjust plans as needed. The U.S. Embassy is not aware of any specific threats ... Read More»

Security Message: Europe Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.  This Travel Alert expires on September 1, 2017. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ability to ... Read More»

Ambassador Donald Lu Remarks at the Civic Education Project Anti-Corruption Event

Dear students and teachers, good morning. Corruption ends in a society when its people finally decide they have had enough and they take action.  Often this is led by young people. When I worked in Kyrgyzstan 14 years ago, students in schools and universities faced terrible problems with corruption.  Everyone had to pay for grades.  ... Read More»

President Trump’s First 100 Days (Photo Gallery)

In his first 100 days, President Donald J. Trump has taken bold action to restore prosperity, keep Americans safe and secure, and hold government accountable. At an historic pace, this President has enacted more legislation and signed more executive orders than any other president in over a half century. With a focus on rebuilding the ... Read More»

Ultimate Frisbee Lands in Albania

From April 10 – 24th, the Public Affairs Section brought international NGO 10 Million Discs to Albania to spread the concepts of teamwork, conflict resolution, leadership, personal accountability, and mutual respect through the sport of Ultimate Frisbee. They worked with P.E. teachers and students from Shkoder, Lezha, Tirana, Durres, Kavaja, Vlora, and Fier.  Ultimate Frisbee ... Read More»

Security Message: Protests and Road Closures Planned for April 24, 2017

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens to expect political demonstrations throughout Albania planned for April 24, 2017, including expected road closures in the below locations from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm on that day: Shqiponja Square, Tirana The crossroad between Kavaja Street and Teodor Keko Street, Tirana The traffic circle in Bradashesh, Elbasan The traffic ... Read More»

Students from “Skënderbeu” High School Meet America

On April 21st, a group from “Skënderbeu” high school in Kruja visited the Embassy. They met with the Marine Security Guards and the Assistant Public Affairs Officer to learn about the educational opportunities, public diplomacy, and the role of the Marines in Embassies worldwide. Ambassador Lu talked about his experience of working in Albania and his ... Read More»

U.S. Senator John McCain Visits Albania

U.S. Senator John McCain visited Albania on Friday, where he highlighted the U.S.- Albania military partnership, the importance of the country’s judicial reform, and efforts to defeat ISIS. Senator McCain, who serves as the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, met with President Bujar Nishani, Prime Minister Edi Rama, Parliamentary Leader Ilir Meta, and ... Read More»

Security Message: Heightened Caution during Religious Holidays

The U.S. Embassy in Albania urges U.S. citizens to exercise particular caution during upcoming religious holidays and at large festivals or events. Terrorists in the region have previously sought to attack soft targets, to include churches and other places of worship, pedestrian malls, sports arenas, concert halls, and public gatherings. Review your personal security plans; ... Read More»

Remarks by Secretary Rex W. Tillerson at the NATO Foreign Ministerial

Good morning, Secretary General and my fellow ministers, and thank you for the opportunity to speak. Let me be very clear at the outset of my remarks: the U.S. commitment to NATO is strong and this Alliance remains the bedrock for transatlantic security. This Alliance was forged from the ashes of World War II, and ... Read More»

Ambassador Lu Honors Women of Courage Nominee Liljana Luani

On March 24th, Ambassador Lu hosted a reception to honor U.S. Embassy Tirana’s 2017 nominee for the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award, Ms. Liljana Luani.  The Award honors women around the globe who exemplify courage and leadership in advocating for human rights, women’s equality, and social progress, often at great personal risk.  ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Funds Renovation of the Development Center for Persons with Disabilities in Shkodër

On March 23, U.S. Ambassador Donald Lu and Chief of U.S. Office of Defense Cooperation, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Johnston joined local authorities to inaugurate the newly renovated Development Center for Persons with Disabilities in Shkoder. This project was made possible by the Humanitarian Assistance (HA) program of the United States Department of Defense. The HA ... Read More»

Press Statement by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson on the Attack in London

On behalf of the United States, I express my condolences to the victims and their families. The American people send their thoughts and prayers to the people of the United Kingdom. We condemn these horrific acts of violence, and whether they were carried out by troubled individuals or by terrorists, the victims know no difference. ... Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Donald Lu at the American Chamber of Commerce General Assembly

Minister Ekonomi, AmCham President Crawford, AmCham members, dear friends and colleagues, When I arrived two years ago, one of the first events that I participated in was the AmCham General Assembly meeting where we said farewell to Floreta Faber and welcomed Lorenc Gjoni. Times have changed.  Ministers have come and gone.  Floreta is in Washington ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Tirana’s Online Auction

The U.S. Embassy, Tirana, Albania is selling surplus property (nine embassy vehicles) via web based online auction. Surplus Property is being sold according to the regulations of the U.S. Department of State. Each lot has an assigned unique number (lot number), detailed description, condition, functionality and various photos. Surplus Property is sold via online web auction ... Read More»

Remarks by Secretary Tillerson on the President’s Executive Order Signed Today

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Hello. Good morning and thank you for joining us. The executive order signed by the President earlier today, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, is a vital measure for strengthening our national security. It is the President’s solemn duty to protect the American people. And with this order, ... Read More»

Department of State’s Worldwide Caution

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, the Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  Visit Travel.State.Gov to read more. Read More»

2016 Human Rights Report – Albania

The Republic of Albania is a parliamentary democracy. The constitution vests legislative authority in the unicameral parliament (the Assembly), which elects both the prime minister and the president. The prime minister heads the government, while the president has limited executive power. In June 2015 the country held local elections for mayors and municipal councils. The ... Read More»

Press Statement by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson

On President Trump’s Speech to Joint Session of Congress As the President laid out in his address to Congress, the State Department will continue to engage to advance U.S. interests in the world in cooperation with our partners and allies. We will also continue to support policies and institutions that keep Americans safe, including a ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The U.S. Embassy welcomes former parliamentarian Armando Prenga’s departure from the parliament.  Those with criminal records have no place in the parliament, courts, government, or municipalities of a NATO member country that aspires to join the EU.  We encourage the Albanian people and Albanian institutions to be vigilant in preventing criminals from becoming candidates in ... Read More»

Shkoder Football Club Meets America

On February 24th, the representatives of the Shkoder Youth Football Club visited the Embassy for the Meet America program. They met with the Assistant Public Affairs Officer, the Marine Security Guards Detachment Commander, Deputy Chief of Mission David Muniz, and Ambassador Lu. The group learned about work at the Embassy, educational opportunities in the United ... Read More»

Students from Albanian University in Tirana Meet America

On February 22nd a group of university students from Albanian University in Tirana visited the Embassy. They met with the Assistant Public Affairs Officer who talked to them about Public Diplomacy, U.S. education, cultural programs, and exchanges. They also spoke to four of the Marine Security Guards about their work at the Embassy.  Ambassador Lu ... Read More»

Remarks by Vice President Mike Pence and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a Joint Press Availability

SECRETARY GENERAL STOLTENBERG:  (In progress) took office, and just a few days after your great speech in Munich where you so clearly declared the strong commitment and the unwavering support of the United States to the transatlantic bond. And we welcome that because we see the strong commitment of the United States to the transatlantic ... Read More»

Security Message: Protests Planned for February 18th

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens to expect a demonstration against the Albanian Government planned for February 18, 2017. Demonstrators are scheduled to convene beginning at 11:00 a.m., at a location adjacent to Rinia Park along Deshmoret e Kombit Boulevard. Beginning at 12:00 p.m., demonstrators are expected proceed down Deshmoret e Kombit Boulevard toward the ... Read More»

Avni Rustemi Students Meet America

On February 8th a group of seventh graders from Avni Rustemi elementary school visited the Embassy. They met two of the Marine Security Guards and learned about their role at the Embassy in Tirana and around the world. Next they met with the Public Affairs Officer Ryan Roberts who explained what public diplomacy is and ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Donald Lu at the “Citizen Inclusiveness and Direct Democracy” Conference

Ambassador Vlahutin, Ambassador Borshardt, Ambassador Graf, Mr. Gogo, Ms. Meta, Ms. Prifti, Ladies and Gentlemen, If we, civil society, international partners, and the media, are not eagle-eyed, corrupt politicians, judges, prosecutors and criminal bosses will try to steal this election, judicial reform and everything else in this economy. These people are particularly afraid of domestic ... Read More»

Youth Council Elects its New President

Congratulations to the new President of U.S. Embassy Youth Council, Euglent Zeqo! Euglent was elected on Thursday evening and will replace Fjoralba Caka. After the elections Ambassador Lu recognized Fjoralba for all of her hard work and dedication as the Council’s first president. Check out all of the  U.S. Embassy Youth Council Albania ’s impressive projects! Read More»

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Delivers Welcome Remarks to Employees

On February 2, 2017, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivered remarks to employees in the main lobby of the U.S. Department of State’s Harry S. Truman Building during his first visit to the Department following his confirmation and swearing-in. You can read Secretary Tillerson’s full remarks below and watch them here : Well, good morning, ... Read More»

Security Message: Man Exposing Himself to Women

The U.S. Embassy in Tirana informs U.S. citizens that on two separate occasions over the past week, three women were approached by a male subject who exposed himself and performed a lewd act in their presence.  The incidents occurred along a secluded path east of the artificial lake in Tirana‎.  The subject was described as a male between 18-25 years old.  The U.S. Embassy has ... Read More»

Routine Message: Voting Message

Just voted in November? Still traveling or living overseas? You should register and request your absentee ballot to vote again in 2017 to ensure your election office knows where to send your ballot for any upcoming special elections for federal office. Some states are also holding gubernatorial or other statewide elections this year. The Federal ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

T‎he U.S. Embassy has revoked the non-immigrant visas of several Albanian judges and prosecutors after determining that the officials no longer qualify for these visas.  Because visa records are confidential under U.S. law, we cannot comment on individual cases.  The U.S. Embassy took this action in advance of the upcoming vetting process that will assess ... Read More»

Ambassador Donald Lu at the Humanities Forum

U.S. Ambassador Donald Lu was the first guest of the Humanities Forum talk series with students and lecturers at the Faculty of History and Philology today where he discussed the new U.S. Administration and its Foreign Policy. In his remarks, the Ambassador noted that “the White House has defined the President’s foreign policy goal as ... Read More»

Readout of Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ Call with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

Pentagon Spokesperson Capt. Jeff Davis provided the following readout: Secretary Mattis spoke today by telephone with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to reconnect and discuss the key role NATO plays in transatlantic security. The secretary, who previously served as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation, wanted to place the call on his first full day ... Read More»

The Inaugural Address: Remarks of President Donald J. Trump

As Prepared for Delivery – Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission Muniz at the “Economic Perspectives” Roundtable

At a conference on Albania’s economic perspective for 2017, Deputy Chief of Mission David Muniz noted among other things that judicial reform is “critical not only for Albania’s EU integration process, which is ultimately the reason why the project gets so much support from the United States, but, also, it will have specific benefits on ... Read More»

Press Statement by United States Embassy in Tirana

The Embassy of the United States welcomes the decision of the Central Election Commission and the request of the Prosecutor General to remove the mandates of three politicians, Elvis Rroshi, Shkëlqim Selami, and Dashamir Tahiri, under the decriminalization law. Today’s decision is a victory for the Albanian people and a warning for criminals considering whether ... Read More»

Toys for Tots

The Toys for Tots collection is a popular Christmas charity sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps and implemented in Albania by the U.S. Embassy’s Marine Security Guard Detachment. Last month, U.S. Marines brought some holiday cheer to children with Down Syndrome and Autism in the Kombinat Center. The pictures tell the story better than words ever ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The U.S. Embassy in Tirana welcomes the decision of Albania’s Constitutional Court on the vetting law.  We call on all political parties to respect the decision of the Court.  We also urge Albania’s leaders to work swiftly to implement all of the historic reforms of Albania’s justice system.  A meaningful reform that rids the judicial ... Read More»

Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission David Muniz at the CRS-Caritas Closing Conference

Deputy Minister Gjebrea, Dr. Nikolla, Mr. D’Silva, members of civil society – especially our friends and partners at Catholic Relief Services and Caritas. The fight against human trafficking is one of the United States’ highest priorities.  It is an affront to our core values, it is a crime of heinous proportions, and it violates our ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Donald Lu at the Advocate of the People Conference

Honorable Speaker Meta, Ministrja Felaj, Diplomatic colleagues, Dr. Totozani, ladies and gentlemen, Over the past five years, we have fought many battles for human rights alongside the Office of the Advocate of the People.  Most of those battles we have lost because governments from the right and the left have not listened to the Advocate ... Read More»

Students from Selita Meet America

On December 12th a group of English language students from Selita visited the Embassy. They met our Marine Security Guard Detachment Commander and learned about the role of the Marines in U.S. missions worldwide as well as the hard work and dedication that the job requires. They discussed exchange programs and resources to improve their ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The U.S. Embassy welcomes the December 10 opinion of the Venice Commission on Albania’s Vetting Law. The vetting of judges will be a meaningful step towards ridding Albania of its deep judicial corruption‎, and the Venice Commission’s opinion should put to rest any legitimate concerns over the law. We look forward to the decision of ... Read More»

Security Message: Protests Planned for December 8th

U.S. Embassy Tirana informs U.S. citizens to expect a series of protests against the Albanian Government, planned for December 8, 2016, beginning at 11:00am throughout the city of Tirana at various locations, including: the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Municipality of Tirana, Ministry of Interior, Azem Hajdari Memorial, Prime Minister’s Building, and at Demokracia ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Donald Lu at the Anti-Corruption Symposium Closing

The Honorable President Bujar Nishani, ladies and gentlemen, In the three days of this conference you have heard how corruption has been  fought in Romania, Croatia and the United States.  In each of these cases, it was not fought by foreigners, but instead it was fought by courageous prosecutors, policemen, journalists and judges from those ... Read More»

Press Release

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John Brennan visited Albania to meet with a variety of leaders and discuss a range of issues including regional security, counterterrorism cooperation, intelligence sharing, and other bilateral affairs. During his visit, Director Brennan met with Prime Minister Rama, President Nishani, Minister of Defense Kodheli, and leaders from the intelligence community. ... Read More»

Students from Matosh Uka Meet America

On December 6th a group of students from Matosh Uka high school in Fierze, Tropoja visited the Embassy under the Meet America program. The students had a chance to meet with our Marine Security Guard Detachment Commander and learned about the life of a marine and how they are trained to defend their country and ... Read More»

Remarks by President Barack Obama on the Administration’s Approach to Counterterrorism

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you so much!  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you so much, everybody.  Thank you.  Everybody, please have a seat.  Have a seat.  Well, thank you so much. Good afternoon, everybody.  I was just told that was going to be the last “Hail to the Chief” on the road, and it got me kind ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Donald Lu at the Anti-Corruption Symposium

“Eyes to the Future: Breaking the Corruption Barrier” Anti-Corruption Symposium Tirana, Albania   The honorable Prime Minister Rama, diplomatic colleagues, judges, prosecutors, policemen, students and professors, There is a famous case of corruption in the United States that was uncovered in 2008.  It involved two judges who received bribes totaling more than $2.6 million from ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Donald Lu at the Forum “I Choose to Live without Violence”

Minister Klosi, Dean Duka, Director Leskaj, Director Lurasi, Director Arqimandriti, talented video journalist Rusi, dear students and professors, Domestic violence is not something that happens to other people.  It is something that happens all around us. Take a moment now.  Look to your right, then to your left.  Around the world, at least one in ... Read More»

PAO Roberts Discusses US Presidential Elections & Foreign Policy

On November 16th, Ryan Roberts Chief of the Embassy’s Public Affairs Section gave a presentation on the “U.S. Presidential Elections and Foreign Policy” at the journalism department of the Tirana State University. The students asked great questions about the role that media plays during the election process in America, how the U.S. embassy in Tirana ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Donald Lu at the Vatra TIP Open Forum

Deputy Minister Gjebrea, Mayor Dr. Leli, Prefect Hoxha, Rector Zisi, Vatra Executive Director Puka, dear students and professors, I have had the opportunity to visit the three NGO shelters in Albania that support victims of trafficking, in Elbasan, in Tirana and here in Vlora.  One of my most powerful memories of my time in Albania ...