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»

COVID-19 Information

Click here for the latest alerts and messages for U.S. citizens in Albania. Last updated on 10/20/2020.  New updates in bold below. Country-Specific Information: Albania has confirmed more than 17,500 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Commercial flights returned to Albania on June 15, 2020. U.S. citizens who are returning to the United States are currently only being allowed to transit one Schengen country on their journey home. ... 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»

Security Message: Soccer Match in Elbasan

The U.S. Embassy in Tirana informs U.S. citizens of heightened security based upon possible security concerns surrounding the World Cup qualifying match between Albania and Israel on November 12, in Elbasan.  The Embassy is not aware of any specific threats against U.S. citizens or interests.  However, U.S. citizens should remain vigilant and exercise caution if ... Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Donald Lu at the U.S. Presidential Election Breakfast

Honorable President Nishani, members of parliament, young friends, ladies and gentlemen. Let me start this morning by offering our thoughts and our prayers for the victims of this terrible flooding that has been happening in Albania these past days. And, let me continue with a confession. I have several different versions of the speech today. ... Read More»

Security Message: Flooding in Albania

The U.S. Embassy in Tirana informs U.S. citizens that heavy rains have caused flooding in large portions of Albania. Media reports indicate that areas of Tirana are flooded and many neighborhoods around Tirana are without power. Many roads are currently impassable due to the flooding, including the Tirana- Durres highway and the Tirana – Fushe-Kruje ... Read More»

Ambassador Donald Lu Live Facebook Webchat

Katerina: Hello to everyone following us live at the US Embassy Tirana Facebook page! I’m Katerina Hatija, the alumni coordinator for the State Department’s YES program, and a student of informatics. Merxhan Daci: Hello everyone! I’m Merxhan Daci, a recent journalism graduate and one of the participants of Embassy’s Investigative Journalism Lab project. Katerina: We ... Read More»

Read for the Record

On October 27th, U.S. Embassy Tirana joined Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Program by reading‎ The Bear Ate Your Sandwich, by Julia Sarcone-Roach, to over 270 students from nine different schools in Tirana, Vlora and Fier, all in one day. Read for the Record inspires adults to read with children, spurs policymakers and organizations to ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The European Union and the United States respect the authority of the Constitutional Court to review the Vetting Law and suspend its implementation. The Constitutional Court has said that it would refer the law to the Venice Commission. We encourage that referral to happen as soon as possible to prevent delays. The United States and ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission David Muniz at the ‘Empowering Local Partners against Violent Extremism’ Workshop

Countering Violent Extremism requires creative solutions and cooperative effort around the globe.  In this regard, Albania has a very unique story to tell. Albania is rightly renowned for its religious tolerance and its culture of hospitality.  Historically Albania has a tradition of protecting vulnerable groups.  Albanians have accepted refugees and those fleeing conflict and persecution ... Read More»

Students from Patos Meet America

In October high school students and representatives of the local government from Patos visited the embassy. They had a chance to meet with two of our Marine Security Guards and learned about their life as Marines and how they defend their country. The students met with the Assistant Public Affairs Officer and talked about U.S. ... Read More»

Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission David Muniz at the National Trafficking in Persons Conference

*Human trafficking remains a global challenge which requires energy and dedication to combat effectively.  It is my pleasure to be here today to congratulate everyone who has contributed to the fight against trafficking in Albania over the last year.  I will highlight the U.S. government’s strong appreciation for National Coordinator Elona Gjebrea and, who has ... Read More»

U.S. Department of State Notice of Funding Opportunity

Program Office: Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, International Programs Section Deadline for Applications: Friday, November 7, 2016, 11:59 pm EDT   The Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) announces an open competition for FY 2017 projects to combat trafficking in persons outside of the United ... Read More»

Ambassador Donald Lu at the “Foreign Terrorist Fighters and Irregular Migration Routes” Conference

The honorable Deputy Prime Minister Peleshi, Mr. Klosi, General Lleshi,  friends from the faith community, diplomatic colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, I love that Mr. Peleshi quoted Malala Yousafzai. My daughter who is 11-years-old, this summer read Malala’s autobiography and it filled her with questions, questions about the conflicts and the world we live in. But ... Read More»

Shkoder Football Club Meets America

On September 7th, the representatives of the Shkoder Football Club for youth visited the embassy for the Meet America program. They met with the Assistant Public Affairs Officer and discussed working at the Embassy, educational opportunities, and soccer in the United States. Ambassador Donald Lu spoke about his impressions of playing soccer when he was ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Remarks at the Marshall Center Seminar: Transnational Organized Crime

Ambassador Schütz, Ambassador Griffiths, Professor Vann, Professor Zaneli, ladies and gentlemen, When I served in Kyrgyzstan a decade ago, an organized crime boss was so bold that he set up a tent across from the gate of Parliament and threatened members of Parliament with violence unless they met his demands. In Georgia two decades ago, ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The United States Embassy welcomes the decision of the Albanian Parliament to adopt the first implementing law of judicial reform.  This important law will begin the process for vetting prosecutors and judges.  We applaud those Members of Parliament who voted in favor of this important step in carrying out the constitutional amendments passed unanimously on ... Read More»

Statement by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice on Syrian Refugee Admissions

Less than a year ago, in response to an historic global refugee crisis, involving millions of Syrians in flight from violence and conflict, President Obama directed his Administration to increase the number of Syrian refugees provided safe haven in the United States.  While refugee admissions are only a small part of our broader humanitarian efforts ... Read More»

Students from Bilisht Meet America

On July 28th, students from “Fuat Babani” high school in Bilisht visited the Embassy for the Meet America program. They met with the Assistant Public Affairs Officer and discussed their experience at the Albanian Model UN conference while representing the United States. Ambassador Donald Lu spoke about the Albanian people’s success with the judicial reform ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Donald Lu at the “Preventing Violent Extremism and Radicalization” Conference

Chairman of the Muslim Community Brucaj, General Lleshi, Mr. Gurra, the honorable imams of Albania, I am a believer in God.  As people who believe in God, whether we are Muslims, Christians, Hindus, or Buddhists, we have a duty to stand up for justice in our communities. To me, that justice includes: Standing against domestic ... Read More»

Statement by U.S. Ambassador Donald Lu

The passage of justice reform is above all, a victory for the Albanian people.  Your commitment has made Albania a more just and democratic country. I congratulate parliament for finding a consensus under incredibly severe pressure. The United States is proud to have supported the drafting and negotiation of this strong reform package and we ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Donald Lu at the ‘U.S. History Through the Eyes of Teenagers’ Event

Ministre Nikolla, Director Labi, hard-working teachers, dear students, Who can tell me what kind of hat this is?  It’s a tri-corner hat popular in England and the American Colonies around the time of the U.S. war of independence. Who knows the name of the most popular musical now on Broadway in New York City?  I’ll ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The United States Embassy is disappointed to note that after declaring an agreement between government and opposition, the head of the opposition, Mr. Basha, has introduced an unacceptable new demand.   This latest development forces us to conclude this an intentional effort by the leader of the opposition to block this reform.  The reform package ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary of State John Kerry on World Refugee Day

Today, we honor refugees’ resilience and courage. We also recognize the tremendous contributions made by local and international non-governmental organizations on the front lines of delivering life-saving assistance. This year’s commemoration comes at a time when brutal conflicts are forcing record numbers of innocent people to flee, and challenging the world to find better ways ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Funds Renovation of the 12 Year School in Mjede

On July 15, U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission David Muniz, Adjutant General of New Jersey National Guard Brigadier General Michael L. Cunniff,  Albanian Land Forces Commander Brigadier General Nazmi Cahani, Defense Attaché Office, Commander Samuel Wartell, LTC Johnston, Chief of Office of Defense Cooperation, and Bilateral Affairs Office at the Office of Defense Cooperation, Major ... Read More»

Transcript of Press Stand-up with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland

A/S Nuland: Good evening everybody. It’s terrific to be back in Tirana in mid-summer. We’re going to make this quick because it is Euro Cup Final’s night and I know you all want to get to your televisions. This is my fourth visit to Tirana since I have been Assistant Secretary. I have obviously been ... Read More»

First Round of the Democracy Commission Small Grants Program

In the most recent round of the Democracy Commission Small Grants Program, 20 local civil society organizations received a total of $ 312,000 in funding for projects that address issues such as anti-corruption and transparency, anti-trafficking, women’s empowerment, domestic violence, youth engagement, minority rights, environmental protections, and countering violent extremism. Democracy Commission supports initiatives of ... Read More»

Remarks after the U.S. – E.U. Meeting

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Good morning, everybody.  Let me begin by thanking Presidents Tusk and Juncker for the opportunity to meet today.  With your understanding, I want to begin with a few words about the situation back in the United States, specifically the situation in Dallas, Texas. My team has been keeping me updated throughout the morning ... Read More»

America’s Alliance with Britain and Europe Will Endure

by President Barack Obama This may be the most important moment for our transatlantic alliance since the end of the cold war. Terrorist attacks inspired or directed by Isis have slaughtered innocents in Nato countries, from Orlando to Paris to Brussels to Istanbul. Conflicts from Africa to Syria to Afghanistan have sent waves of migrants ... Read More»

Journalism Students Join Fight Against Corruption

Are you a journalism student who wants to help combat corruption in Albania? In partnership with Tirana University’s Department of Journalism and the Albanian Media Institute, the U.S. Embassy invites you to apply for the new investigative journalism lab!  The 12 winning students will be invited to participate in a mentoring program and then report ... Read More»

Kukes Students Meet America

“It is like being in the United States” said one of the students who visited the embassy on June 1st 2016. A group of students from several elementary and high schools in Kukes visited the embassy under the Meet America program. The students and their teachers were welcomed by Ambassador Donald Lu, who talked about ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on the Annual U.S. Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report

The United States appreciates the close cooperation with the Government of Albania, civil society and especially National Anti-Trafficking Coordinator Elona Gjebrea on our shared goal of combatting the global phenomenon of Human Trafficking. The State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons report, which was released today, highlights several achievements and offers concrete suggestions for how Albania, ... Read More»

United States Condemns Terrorist Attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport

The United States strongly condemns today’s terrorist attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport. We extend our condolences to the families of the victims and our hopes for a quick recovery for the wounded. We will remain in close touch with Turkish authorities throughout the investigation. We stand in solidarity with our NATO Ally Turkey in combating ... Read More»

President Barack Obama Conversation with Mark Zuckerberg and Entrepreneurs at GES

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you!  (Applause.)  Hello, everybody.  Thank you so much.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Everybody have a seat.  Thank you so much.  Thank you.  Thank you so much.  Well, this is a good-looking group.  Thank you.  (Applause.) Well, first of all, let me thank President Hennessy for ... Read More»

Press Statement by Secretary of State John Kerry on the United Kingdom – European Union Referendum

Earlier today, I spoke to British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond regarding yesterday’s referendum in the United Kingdom. The citizens of the U.K. have made their decision and we will of course respect it. I want to emphasize that although the U.K. will be leaving the European Union, the British are in no way departing from ... Read More»

Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry at the Opening of the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Stanford University Memorial Auditorium, Stanford, California SECRETARY KERRY:  Thank you so much.  You’re the best.  I love you.  You are terrific. Thank you so much.  Thank you.  (Cheers.)  Patricia, thank you.  Thank you so much.  Good morning, everybody.  Are you all energized?  (Cheers.)  I saw that video.  I thought I’d quit as Secretary and become an entrepreneur ... Read More»

Statement by President Barack Obama on World Refugee Day

Today, on World Refugee Day, we recognize the challenges and hardships that refugees face, honor their courage and resilience in the face of overwhelming obstacles, and celebrate their many valuable contributions to our Nation. This year’s commemoration comes as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees reports that more people are displaced by rising violence, insecurity, ... Read More»

Girls Volleyball Team from Vlora Meet America

On June 17th, the K S Flamurtari girls’ volleyball team from Vlora visited the U.S. Embassy. They met with Public Affairs Officer Ryan Roberts and learned what the Public Diplomacy section does, including outreach, press, and culture and education programs. The girls also met Ambassador Lu and talked to him about their city, their passion ... Read More»

High School Students from Pogradec Meet America

On June 15, students from “Gjergj Pekmezi” high school in Pogradec visited the Embassy for the Meet America program. They met with the Assistant Public Affairs Officer and a Political Officer and discussed working at the Embassy, educational opportunities, and volunteering. Ambassador Donald Lu spoke about his impressions of living and working in Albania as ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

U.S. Welcomes Approval of Draft Constitutional Amendments by Judicial Reform Committee The United States welcomes the approval of the draft constitutional amendments by the Albanian Parliament’s Ad Hoc Committee on Judicial Reform. This is an important step in paving the way toward the full passage of a deep and meaningful reform of Albania’s justice system. ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The United States Embassy expresses its disappointment that the June 6 meeting between Prime Minister Rama and Opposition Leader Basha did not achieve a final decision on the judicial reform.  The government displayed flexibility, but ultimately the opposition did not. Therefore, the United States Government supports the efforts of the Albanian Government to move the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland today telephoned the leader of Albania’s Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha to encourage progress on the judicial reform effort. Assistant Secretary Nuland stressed that political party leaders should use the June 6 meeting between Mr. Basha and Prime Minister Rama to agree to quick passage ... Read More»

Remarks by President Barack Obama on Memorial Day

THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning. AUDIENCE:  Good morning. THE PRESIDENT:  Secretary Carter, General Dunford, Mr. Hallinan, Major General Becker, members of our Armed Forces, veterans, and most of all, our Gold Star families:  I’m honored to be with you once again as we pay our respects, as Americans, to those who gave their lives for us ... Read More»

Remarks by Charge D’Affaires David Muniz at the Foreign Investors’ Association of Albania Event

Minister Ekonomi, Ambassador Vlahutin, Distinguished Guests, Good morning, Thank you to Mr. Pedrazzi and FIAA for allowing me the opportunity to address you today. Many of our public remarks have been focused on rule of law and justice reform.  Today I want to expand on those topics and speak more specifically about the critical relationship ... Read More»

Students from Berat Meet America

On May 18th, a group of school students from “Babe Dudë Karbunara” high school in Berat visited the U.S. Embassy in Tirana. Allegra Hernandez, from the Regional Security Office talked to them about her experience as a student in the U.S. and what study opportunities are available to international students. The students met with Ambassador ... Read More»

Students from Elbasan Meet America

On May 17th, a diverse group of primary and high school students from ten different schools in Elbasan visited the U.S. Embassy in Tirana. The Education Regional Directorate representatives accompanied the students to the embassy and made sure that every school was included in this program. Public Affairs Officer Ryan Roberts, talked to them about ... Read More»

Ambassador Donald Lu Meets with Vlore Voleyball Team

On May 13th Ambassador Lu visited the American Corner Vlora where he met with the Girls Volleyball team “Flamurtari”. The Ambassador was welcomed by the Director of the Cultural Center Mr. Dhimitraq Furxhi and the Library Director Mr. Clirim Hoxha. The coaches of the volleyball team and the girls shared their ideas and opinions about ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement

The United States Embassy welcomes the decision by the Ad Hoc Committee on Judicial Reform to accept in principle the final draft of the constitutional changes prepared according to the recommendations of the Venice Commission Final Opinion. The unanimous support for this decision should give the Albanian people hope that their political leaders are now ... Read More»

Children from Shkodra Meet America

On May 6, a group of students from “3 dhjetori” school in Shkodër visited U.S. Embassy in Tirana.  They met with Public Affairs Officer, Mr. Ryan Roberts, who complimented them for the beautiful crafts they had created. The students shared their thoughts about sports, folk music, poetry and drawing.  They sang a few songs and ... Read More»

Public Affairs Officer Ryan Roberts Visits Wilson School to Help Celebrate “American Week”

Public Affairs Officer Ryan Roberts visited the Wilson School in Tirana in early May.  The school is focused on English education, and places an emphasis on Albanian-American relationships. This year, the students focused on the First Lady Michelle Obama “Let’s Move” initiative and planted a vegetable garden where students grow veggies and herbs.  After a ... Read More»

Interview of David Muniz, Deputy Chief of Mission of U.S. Embassy Tirana, with Panorama Newspaper

Panorama: Albania has been visited by President Bush and several secretaries of state. Recently, PM Rama met with President Obama and VP Biden. Press statements about the meetings have only talked about diplomatic as well as military cooperation in the context of NATO. This kind of relationship that is confined to the diplomatic realm, is ... Read More»

Epoka University Students Meet America

On April 27th, the Innovative and Enterprise club of Epoka University in Tirana visited the U.S. embassy. They were first given a tour of the embassy compound, including the Rose Garden and the memorial dedicated to the first Albanian staff members of the embassy: Kole Kuqali and Loni Adami. Ambassador Donald Lu met with the ... Read More»

I clean, You Clean, Albania Rolls in the Green

Today, more than 60 students from various high schools of Tirana volunteered to clean up the area around the Dajti mountain park to celebrate Earth Day. As part of the Embassy-funded project, “I clean, you clean, Albania rolls in the green!”, YES Alumni, Fulbright and Peace Corps Volunteers in cooperation with the Educational Directorate and ... Read More»

“Ali Demi” Students Meet America

On April 20th, a group of students from “Ali Demi” elementary school in Tirana visited the Embassy. The students met with the Public Affairs Officer Mr. Ryan Roberts who talked to them about his experience as a student when he was their age and how much he enjoys working in Albania. Ambassador Donald Lu met ... Read More»

Press Statement

The United States Embassy and the European Union Delegation welcome the resumption of the dialogue in the parliamentary ad hoc committee on Judicial Reform. We call on all political parties to listen to the 91% of Albanians who support this important reform, by bringing it to successful conclusion without delays or obstacles. All political parties ... Read More»

Readout of the President and Vice President’s Meeting with Prime Minister Edi Rama of Albania

President Obama joined a meeting today between Vice President Biden and Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama.  The President, Vice President, and Prime Minister emphasized the importance of Albania’s partnership with the United States.  The President and Vice President expressed appreciation for the critical role Albania plays  in advancing regional security and reaffirmed the importance ... Read More»

Cleaning Project Continues in Berat

Shumë urime më shumë se 140 nxënësve të shkollave të mesme nga Berati që dolën vullnetarë për të pastruar zonën rreth kalasë më 8 Prill 2016! Si pjesë e projektit të financuar nga Ambasada Amerikane, “Unë dhe ti le të pastrojmë, Shqipërinë ta gjelbërojmë”, YES Alumni Albania, Fulbright dhe vullnetarë të Korpusit të Paqes në ... Read More»

Alen School Meets America

On April 6th, a group of students from Alen School in Fier visited the Embassy. The students met with the Public Affairs Officer Mr. Ryan Roberts who talked to them about the U.S. Embassy in general and the specific programs of the Public Affairs Office including the education system in the United States. Ambassador Donald ... Read More»

Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry at the International Women of Courage Awards Ceremony

Good morning, everybody, and welcome. And Cathy, thank you so much for the spectacular job that you are doing. I can’t think of anybody better suited to work on the State Department’s top priorities, and Cathy is really offering extraordinary leadership, encouraging every embassy, every consulate, every bureau, every Foreign Service and civil service officer ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Donald Lu at the Open Government Partnership Event

Minister Harito, Mr. Hroni, ladies and gentlemen, Open Government Partnership is about making government more responsive and transparent by shining a light on corruption, fraud, and inefficiency.  But you in this room know that these important efforts are empty without independent police investigators who are not afraid to go after the bad guys. When I ... Read More»

Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry on Daesh and Genocide

SECRETARY KERRY: Good morning, everybody. In 2014, the terrorist group Daesh began to seize territory in Syria and Iraq, overrunning major cities and committing atrocities. The United States responded quickly by denouncing these horrific acts and – more importantly – taking coordinated actions to counter them. In September of that year, President Obama mobilized an international ... Read More»

U.S. – Albania: 25 Anniversary, with Chargé d’Affaires Muniz

On March 15, Chargé d’Affaires David Muniz visited Marin Barleti University where he held an interesting discussion with Law, Economics and Political Science students on the 25th Anniversary of the reestablishment of the U.S. – Albanian diplomatic relations.  Chargé d’Affaires Muniz talked about how the relationship of our two countries has grown steadily, in terms ... Read More»

Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry at the Launch of U.S. Strategy for Adolescent Girls Event

Thank you very, very much.  Thank you so much.  You went from total silence to an unbelievable welcome.  Thank you.  (Laughter.)  I’m really very, very appreciative, deeply appreciative.  When I came in here, I said that I had a big pair of heels to fill.  (Laughter.)  And in fact, I think there was a certain ... Read More»

Clean Up Project Kicks Off in Elbasan

Kudos to the more than 100 high school students from Elbasan who volunteered to clean up Kraste on March 12!  As part of the Embassy-funded project, “I clean, you clean, Albania rolls in the green!”, American Councils and YES Alumni will visit seven cities in Albania to organize clean-ups and improve their communities. Want to get involved? ... Read More»

Vlora University Students Meet America

On March 9th, a group of students from Ismail Qemali university in Vlora visited the Embassy. During their visit they met with Ms. Rayna Farnsworth from the Embassy’s Consular Section, who discussed the regulations relating student visas and how to prepare for the visa interview. Ambassador Donald Lu met with the students and talked to ... Read More»

Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry on International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the world’s women—past, present, and future—and recognize their many contributions and reflect on what more needs to be done to empower over half of the world’s population. We remember the extraordinary achievements of women throughout history, and we applaud the women of today who lead, inspire, and work to ... Read More»

Ambassador Donald Lu YouTube Q&A

Glorjan Jahjaj: Hello Mister Ambassador. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to communicate with you. I had a question regarding the Albanian politics. Since you and the United States are fully aware that our politicians are so very corrupt, why don’t you intervene directly with ‎them? Thank you. Ambassador Donald Lu: Great question.  Corruption is ... Read More»

Students from Fier Meet America

On February 26th, a group of students from Numani high school visited the Embassy for the Meet America program. They learned about various outreach programs and met with Allegra Hernandez from the Regional Security Office and Ambassador Donald Lu. The students also heard about opportunities for study in the United States and discussed the recent ... Read More»

USAID Flood Assistance 2015-2016

Background: During February 2015, Albania was hit by a severe and intense flood that caused significant damage to agriculture production areas.  Over the past year, USAID has introduced $750,000 worth of new technologies and inputs that will have a positive and long term impact on the quantity and quality of production, adding value and increasing ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Donald Lu at U.S. Assistance to Flood Victims’ Event

Prime Minister Rama, Mr. Hamataj, Mr. Rapushi, ladies and gentlemen, Almost exactly one year ago, the Prime Minister asked Albania’s international partners what we might do together to support the hundreds of victims of last year’s terrible floods. I was not optimistic we could find any funds for this.  We searched through our military and ... Read More»

Remarks by President Barack Obama on Plan to Close the Prison at Guantanamo Bay

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody.  In our fight against terrorists like al Qaeda and ISIL, we are using every element of our national power — our military; intelligence; diplomacy; homeland security; law enforcement, federal, state and local; as well as the example of our ideals as a country that’s committed to universal values, including rule ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Donald Lu at the Joint Slovenia-U.S. Vocational Training Project

Minister Panariti, Minister Klosi, Ministre Nikolla, Ambassadore Stančič, Rector Harizaj, dear colleagues, When I have the opportunity to travel in Albania, I always smile when we meet a flock of sheep on the road.  It reminds me that Albania is not Tirana and that much of this beautiful country remains rural and agricultural.  I would ... Read More»

New Center at Agriculture University of Tirana to Provide Students Market-Focused Training on Laboratory and Food Safety Analysis

KAMZA, ALBANIA – FEBRUARY 22, 2016 Today, U.S. Ambassador to Albania, Donald Lu, and Slovenian Ambassador, H. E. Lea Stančič, inaugurated the Vocational Education and Training Center at the Agriculture University of Tirana (AUT). USAID, Slovenia’s Center for International Cooperation and Development, and the Agriculture University of Tirana (AUT) have partnered  in a three year, ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires David Muniz at “Social Justice and Reform in the Justice System”, organized by LEAD alumni and the Ministry of Justice

Minister Manjani, Mr. Dervishaj, ladies and gentlemen, good morning! It’s very appropriate that today is the International Day of Social Justice and Albania is in the midst of its most important reform since the fall of communism—justice reform. As some of you heard first hand from Secretary Kerry on Sunday, the fight for more accountable ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires David Muniz at the Launch of the USAID-GDT Improved Tax Collection Program

Your Excellency Mr. Prime Minister; Director Shehaj; ladies and gentlemen, good evening. Last year, our friends at the Ministry of Finance and the Tax Directorate asked us for assistance as they sketched out a far-sighted plan to fight informality and transform Albania’s revenue collection system.  Our answer was that we were happy to do it ... Read More»

Pogradec Students Meet America

On February 17th, a group of high school students from Pogradec visited the Embassy for the Meet America program. They met with the Assistant Public Affairs Officer Meghan McGill and Ambassador Donald Lu. The students learned about the U.S. priorities in Albania and shared some of their current projects, such as the book they wrote ... Read More»

Press Statement by John Kirby, Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs

The United States condemns airstrikes conducted in and around Aleppo today against innocent civilian targets, including a hospital run by Médecins Sans Frontières‎ and the Women’s and Children’s hospital in Azaz city. That the Assad regime and its supporters would continue these attacks, without cause and without sufficient regard for international obligations to safeguard innocent ... Read More»

Secretary of State John Kerry Visits Tirana, Albania

On February 14, 2016, Secretary of State John Kerry visited Tirana, Albania, where he met with senior government leaders to discuss Albania’s further Euro-Atlantic integration and strong bilateral cooperation with the United States. “The people of this country know full well and want to live in a place that where the rule of law means ... Read More»

Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry After Meeting With Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama

PRIME MINISTER RAMA: (Via interpreter) Hello, everyone. This visit of the State Secretary John Kerry is the best start of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the reestablishment of diplomatic relationships between Albania and the United States. That is a fact that makes me twice as happy to have the Secretary with us today. Albanians ... Read More»

Press Availability at the International Syria Support Group

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, good evening, everybody. Let me start by thanking Foreign Minister Steinmeier and the people of Germany for hosting this important meeting of the International Syria Support Group on the margins of the Munich Security Conference, and we’re very grateful to our colleague, Frank Walter, for his help and assistance in this process and ... Read More»

Statement of the International Syria Support Group

Meeting in Munich on February 11 & 12, 2016, as the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), the Arab League, China, Egypt, the EU, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United Nations, and the United States decided ... Read More»

Students from Rrëshen Meet America

On February 5th, a group of high school students from Rreshen visited the Embassy to meet with the Assistant Public Affairs Officer and Ambassador Lu. They spoke to the Ambassador about their current projects to empower women and girls. These include the “Let Girls Learn” and “He for She” initiatives, which have been enthusiastically embraced ... Read More»

Support for Implementation of Decriminalization Law

Technical experts from the United States delivered a presentation today at the Albanian parliament on U.S. best practices for investigating the backgrounds of government officials and political leaders.  The presentation was organized by the U.S. Embassy in support of Albania’s efforts to implement the recently passed decriminalization law.  The Embassy welcomes the efforts of parliament ...