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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Apply Now for the Investigative Journalism Lab

Are you a journalism student and want 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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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Consular Visit to Korçë

We are excited to announce that we will be visiting Korçë on Friday, March 16, 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 more ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Notification of Funding Opportunities

The United States Embassy in Tirana is pleased to announce notification of funding opportunities on media and education projects. Media projects include “Two-way Journalism Exchange Program” and “Study of Media Professionals”, while the education program is on “English Language Education for Underprivileged Groups.” For all the required criteria, deadlines and how to apply, check our ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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) ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.  ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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; ...
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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 ...
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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.  ...
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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 program provided approximately USD ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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!
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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, all. We ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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American Corner Vlora Members Meet America

On December 16, members of the American Corner Vlora visited the Embassy. They met with the Marine Security Guard Detachment Commander and two of our newest Marines. They learned about the work it takes to become a Marine and what life is like for them overseas. Ambassador Lu talked about his time in Vlora and ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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25th Anniversary of U.S. Embassy Reopening

On October 3rd, U.S. Ambassador Donald Lu and Italian Ambassador Alberto Cutillo co-hosted a ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of the transfer of the embassy building from Italy to the United States. It was a very special ceremony for the distinguished guests and embassy staff in attendance. They heard from Viktor Adami, the son of Loni ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 tour of ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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“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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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? ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Professor of Communication Studies John Sprowl visits Albania

Director of the Global Health Communication Center of the Indiana University School orepresentatives f Liberal Arts and Professor of Communication Studies John Sprowl visited Albania in February. Professor Sprowl met with of Public Health institutions and the Ministry of Health as well as journalism and communication students from several universities in Albania. He discussed the importance ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry Video Statement on Syria Negotiations

SECRETARY KERRY: For almost five years, the world has watched in horror as Syria has disintegrated into a brutal conflict, killing hundreds of thousands and displacing millions both within and outside the country. Syria today is an unfolding humanitarian catastrophe, unmatched since World War II. In recent months, a new and broad-based diplomatic initiative was launched, ...
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Technovation Club Kicks off at American Corner Tirana

On January 29, a group of girls between 10 and 18 years old under the mentorship of Peace Corps Volunteer Adrian Horner and Information Officer Meredith Hemiestra, started the Technovation Club Tirana.  As a part of the global Technovation Challenge, this group will compete with other groups around the world to develop the most interesting ...
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Ambassador Donald Lu’s Remarks at the “Electoral Corruption: the Necessity for an In-depth and Inclusive Electoral Reform” Conference

(As prepared for delivery) Speaker Meta, Prime Minister Rama, Chairman Basha, ambassadors, Ladies and Gentlemen, My mother is a saint.  After raising three kids and working a full-time job, she still had time to volunteer as the head of an election precinct in California.  We Californians are big complainers.  She had to deal with angry ...
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Statement by President Obama on Iran

THE PRESIDENT:  This is a good day, because, once again, we’re seeing what’s possible with strong American diplomacy. As I said in my State of the Union address, ensuring the security of the United States and the safety of our people demands a smart, patient and disciplined approach to the world.  That includes our diplomacy ...
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Hastings College Students Visit the Embassy

On January 11, a group of students and their professor from Hastings College in Nebraska visited the Embassy. As part of their trip through the Balkans, they were in Albania to learn about its unique culture and history. The students met with Public Affairs Office Ryan Roberts and learned about public diplomacy in Albania. Ambassador ...
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Happy New Year from Ambassador Lu!

“On behalf of all of us who work at the United States Embassy, we wish our many friends in Albania a very happy New Year. I, personally, would like to thank the Albanian people for the warm friendship and hospitality offered to me and my family during our first year in this beautiful country. Professionally, ...
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Deputy Assistant Secretary Catherine Wiesner’s Remarks on International Migrants Day

Today, on International Migrants Day, we pay tribute to those who venture abroad in search of safety, dignity, and a better life. Refugee and migration crises have captured the attention of the world this year. In recent months, we have witnessed migrants packed into flimsy rubber dinghies, parents passing young babies over barbed wire, and ...
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Secretary John Kerry’s Remarks at the United Nations Security Council Meeting on Syria

SECRETARY KERRY: Mr. Secretary-General, Special Envoy de Mistura, distinguished colleagues, I want to begin by thanking the other P4 members who joined together to help fashion this resolution and who spent time this morning working with our colleagues in order to bring us here this afternoon, plus our non-P4 member, Germany, for whom we are very ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement

The U.S. Embassy welcomes the courageous decision of the Albanian Parliament to pass the law on decriminalization.  This law is the toughest law in Europe against criminals in politics.  While it is the result of the hard work by both the majority and the opposition, ultimately it is a victory for the Albanian people who ...
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Ambassador Donald Lu’s Facebook Chat

On December 15, Ambassador Donald Lu participated in a live webchat with Embassy Facebook fans.  The discussion was focused on anti-corruption and Ambassador Lu discussed ongoing efforts to tackle corruption and shared with fans what they can do to make a difference in Albania.
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2016 GIST Tech-I Competition

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the U.S. Department of State are pleased to announce the launch of the 2016 GIST (Global Innovation through Science and Technology) Technology Idea (Tech-I) Competition. Tech-I is part of the GIST Initiative and an annual global pitch competition which seeks to identify and select, train, ...
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Students from Jordan Misja High School Meet America

On December 14th, a group of high school students from Liceu Jordan Misja in Tirana visited the Embassy. The students met with several officers who are also musicians and talked about educational and professional prospects in that field. They also met Deputy Chief of Mission David Muniz and discussed the U.S. Mission in Albania, Foreign ...
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Pogradec Outdoor Ambassadors Club Meets America

On December 12th, the Outdoor Ambassadors Club from Pogradec visited the Embassy for the Meet America program. They met with APAO Meghan McGill, who discussed the many educational opportunities and exchange programs that the Embassy offers for students of their age.  The Club members also spoke to the Embassy’s Vice Consul about visas.  Ambassador Lu ...
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Secretary Kerry on International Anticorruption Day

Today, on International Anticorruption Day, I call on partner countries, civil society groups, and business leaders to strengthen our common efforts to combat corruption. Simply put, bad governance is one of the biggest challenges globally. The cost of corruption is beyond debate: it fuels instability and robs innocent people of their due and their possibilities. ...
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Statement by the Embassy of the United States of America

The United States Embassy condemns the violence that took place during today’s protests in Tirana. The right of citizens to peacefully assemble, petition the government, and protest is a hallmark of a free and healthy society. However, acts such as throwing stones, lighting structures on fire, and damaging public property is inconsistent with democratic values. ...
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A Very Special Meet America

In the framework of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a group of students from the Institute for Students with Sight Impairment visited the Embassy.  They were accompanied by their teachers and a group of YES Alumni who volunteer at the Institute.  The students discussed their dreams with Public Affairs Officer Ryan Roberts and met ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement

The U.S. Embassy in Tirana welcomes yesterday’s conviction of five people for human smuggling. The criminal organization they are a part of is responsible for the illegal entry of over 600 Albanian citizens into the United States during the brief time it was in operation. It exploited the hopes and dreams of would-be migrants, placing ...
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Students from Vlora Meet America

On December 4th, a group of high school students from Vlora came to Tirana to visit the Embassy.  The students met with several officers and learned about educational opportunities, exchange programs, and security at the embassy.  They also met Ambassador Lu and discussed the U.S. Mission in Albania.  Check out the photos on our Facebook ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2015

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), whose 25th anniversary we proudly celebrated earlier this year, was historic, bipartisan U.S. legislation that played a huge role in making our country more accessible and inclusive. Just as importantly, it has inspired people and governments around the world to see disability through the lens of equality and opportunity. ...
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Albania 25 years after the fall of communism: Rebuilding the state and society

Dr. Rakipi, Ambassador Vlahutin, Director Hantke, Professor Fischer, Mr. Biberaj, ladies and gentlemen, In every society there are events for which you ask, “Do you remember where you were when this happened?”  As an American, in my lifetime, these have included landing on astronauts on the moon, the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger, and ...
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Ambassador’s remarks at the Best Practices in Countering the FTF Threat

Prosecutor General Llalla, Minister Tahiri, Judge Kuntz, colleagues: I wanted to start this morning by talking about what we know about concerning the attacks in Paris and whether foreign terrorist fighters from Syria, or those inspired by ISIS, may have been involved. ISIS has publically taken responsibility for the attack that has killed 129 people ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks at the Judicial Roundtable on Prosecution

Chief Justice Zaganjori, Deputy Minister Peci, Ambassador Vlahutin, distinguished experts, Ladies and Gentlemen, Who is most afraid of judicial reform? I know who — corrupt ministers , criminal deputies, incompetent judges, and prosecutors who take your money but never prosecute anyone.  These people without face want to continue to fill their pockets with the money ...
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“We the People” features citizen activists at Albania’s National Book Fair

The U.S. Embassy in Tirana participated in the annual National Book Fair with the theme “We the People – The Americans Who Changed the Course of History”. The Embassy pavilion showcased reading material, discussions, and information about studying in the United States.  Each day, participants of all ages learned about citizen activists who made a ...
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Advanced Small Boat Operations in Vlora

The U.S. Embassy’s Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) program recently hosted an “Advanced Small Boat Operations” course taught by U.S. Coast Guard instructors at the Delta Force facility in Vlore. 15 Albanian Border Police and Coast Guard officers were trained to develop and implement a preventive maintenance program for vessels. They also learned ...
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Randy Berry, Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons Visits Albania

Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons Randy Berry visited Albania October 30-November 2. SE Berry emphasized that LGBTI rights are not just an Albanian or American issue, but a global issue. He met with government officials, activists, and attended the “LGBT Auditorium”, hosted by the Ombudsman. During his visit, SE Berry praised ...
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Domestic Violence – the U.S. Experience

According to estimates, over 4,000 domestic violence cases were reported in Albania in 2014 and about 3,000 such cases from January-September this year. What are you doing to improve the future for Albanian women? “The best way to predict the future is to create it,” was the final message from Scott Jenkins, a retired police ...
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Ambassador Donald Lu Visits Kukes

On October 27th, Ambassador Lu visited the city of Kukes. He met with Mayor Bashkim Shehu and visited the American Corner. At the Corner, he met with students and learned about its fantastic programs, including the Outdoor Ambassadors Club, the Art Club, the Book Club, and the Kids Club. Ambassador Lu answered questions about his ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks at the Breast Cancer Walk

Minister Beqaj, Mayor Veliaj, Mrs. Godaj, courageous breast cancer survivors, ladies and gentlemen, Breast cancer has touched our family.  We have gone through the trauma of a diagnosis and the joy of a successful treatment. If I asked who amongst us has a close family member or friend touched by this disease, I am sure ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks at “Developing a Strong Energy Concept for Europe” Panel Discussion

Honorable Minister Bushati, Minister Gjiknuri, Minister Petkova, Deputy Minister Giro, Director Kopac, Ladies and Gentlemen, The United States is strongly committed to European energy security, including energy security in the Balkan region. But we are not Europeans and we are not from the Balkans.  Why should we care? It is in our strategic self-interest to ...
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TRADOC Contemporary Security Issues Course “U.S. Policy on the Western Balkans” Remarks by Ambassador Donald Lu

Comandant Haxhiaj, representatives from the Albanian Government, military officers, ladies and gentlemen, The Western Balkans is a incredible place, but it remains a complete mystery to me.  Every day I spend in Tirana I realize how little I understand about Albanian society and culture.  What I know is that this is very much a region ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Donald Lu at the Reception for the 15th Anniversary of the American Chamber of Commerce

Minister Ahmetaj, President Crawford, Executive Director Gjoni, AmCham members, ladies and gentlemen, Congratulations on your 15th birthday. Being a teenager is hard work.  I have one at home and another one just three years away.  You have to grapple with dating, learning to drive, acne, peer pressure to drink alcohol, the right hair style, the ...
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Paftal Students Meet America

Students and teachers from the elementary school of Paftal in Berat visited the U.S. Embassy Tirana and met with Ambassador Donald Lu as part of the Meet America program. Ambassador Lu had a lively discussion about the history of their village. The students learned about the Embassy’s diverse outreach programs and the role of the ...
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Reading with the Corner

On October 7th, a group of Planet Center kids visited the American Corner in Tirana to be part of the Reading Hour. The Director of the National Library Ms. Persida Asllani and Assistant Public Affairs Officer Meghan McGill welcomed the kids to the American Corner. Meghan read books from the Corner’s Scholastic Collection, including “Ruby ...
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Employment without Limits

Judy Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. State Department visited Tirana October 4-6.  SA Heumann attended a regional conference on disability rights organized by Ndihmoni Jeten from Albania and HandiKos from Kosovo.  She also met with business leaders, NGOs, and government officials, including Prime Minister Rama.   U.S. Ambassador Donald Lu ...
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Joint Declaration on the Recent Military Actions of the Russian Federation in Syria

We, the Governments of France, Germany, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States of America state the following in view of the recent military actions of the Russian Federation in Syria: We express our deep concern with regard to the Russian military build-up in Syria and especially ‎the attacks by the Russian Air ...
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American Astronaut Marsha Irvin Visits Albania

From 27-30 September, the Public Affairs Section invited former astronaut Marsha Ivins to share her experience with the Albanian audience.  Ms. Ivins, a veteran of five Space Shuttle missions—in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, and 2001—has spent a total of 55 days in orbit, on missions devoted to such diverse tasks as deploying satellites, conducting scientific ...
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AC Vlora Members Visits U.S. Navy Ship

A group of members from the American Corner Vlora and students of the International School in Vlora visited the USS Porter Ship. Accompanied by the Public Affairs Officer Ryan Roberts the students took a boat to the ship and then had a special tour of the USS Porter. The ship crew and the sailors talked ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement

The United States Embassy welcomes the decision of Member of Parliament Arben Ndoka to resign from Parliament and the decision to allow the arrest of Member of Parliament Armando Prenga. These decisions represent real progress for Albania towards creating a political system with leaders of the highest ethical standards.
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Progress in Serbia-Kosovo Dialogue

Press Statement John Kirby Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 25, 2015 We congratulate the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo and their delegations for reaching important agreements today, facilitated by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini. We also commend the EU High Representative and her team. The agreements finalized today on energy, telecommunications, establishment of an Association/Community ...
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Statement by the U.S. Embassy

Following media queries on the 2015 State Department report on Trafficking in Persons, the U.S. Embassy would like to note that the report recognizes that the Government of Albania made some good progress and continued to make significant efforts to comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.  We encourage the Albanian Government ...
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Central Archive to Store Digital Audio Recordings of All Court Sessions in Albania

Today, USAID, the Ministry of Justice, and the High Council of Justice inaugurated the Central Archive, to store digital audio recordings of court sessions held in every courtroom in Albania. The Central Archive offers high levels of data security and the ability to access audio recordings remotely by authorized uses, such as judicial inspectors.  U.S. ...
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Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland Visits Albania

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland, visited Tirana today and met with President Nishani, Prime Minister Rama, Foreign Minister Bushati, and Democratic Party Chair Basha. They discussed a broad range of bilateral issues that form part of the U.S-Albania Strategic Partnership, including security, defense, and energy issues.  In addition, they ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement

We offer our deepest condolences to the family of police officer Ibrahim Basha—a veteran of the Albanian Special Forces, twice deployed with NATO forces in Afghanistan—who was killed in Lazarat today. Our thoughts are also with those officers who were wounded in the line of duty. The U.S. Embassy fully supports Albanian law enforcement efforts ...
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Ambassador Lu Attends Youth Political Academy Forum in Korce

Ambassador Donald Lu attends the Youth Political Academy in Korce with the participation of members of youth forums of the political parties, and local youth activists. The event is one in a series of regional political academies organized by the Albanian Institute for International Studies as part of their Embassy Democracy Commission funded project, which ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Jardine at the American Chamber of Commerce & Monitor Magazine Debate of Candidates Running for Tirana Mayor

Thank you very much. I also just want to take a few words.  I know you’ve been here all morning and I don’t want to take up any more of your time.  But I just want to say a few words on behalf of the U.S. Embassy to thank Mark Crawford, the President of the ...
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Judicial Reform Remarks by Ambassador Donald Lu

Mr. Prime Minister Rama, Speaker of Parliament Meta, Chief Justice Zaganjori, Ambassadors, Ladies and Gentlemen, In your justice system, some people need to be fired for corruption and some people need to be put in jail.  In a survey of judges financed by USAID, 25 percent of judges said the system was corrupt and another ...
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Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Hoyt Yee Visits Tirana

On June 7-8, the U.S. Embassy welcomed Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Hoyt Yee, who visited Tirana as part of a regional tour.  Mr. Yee met with Prime Minister Rama, Speaker of Parliament Meta, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bushati, and Democratic Party Chair Basha.  In his meetings, Mr. Yee reiterated ...
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Ambassador Lu Speaks at the Annual Security Conference

On May 27, Ambassador Lu together with Minister of Interior Tahiri spoke at the annual security conference “Religious Radicalism and Extremism as a Security Threat: The Case of Albania and the Western Balkans” organized by the Albanian Institute for International Studies with the support of the NATO Public Diplomacy Division. In his remarks Ambassador Lu ...
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Remarks from Secretary of State John Kerry And Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati

Treaty Room Washington, D.C. SECRETARY KERRY:  Well, good morning, everybody.  It’s my pleasure to welcome Foreign Minister Bushati of Albania, and particularly to do so because Albania is, first of all, a very strong friend and NATO ally.  Beyond that, they’ve been really deeply involved in working with the United States and our partners on ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement

The U.S. Embassy welcomes the Prosecutor General’s action to seek Parliament’s approval to arrest two Parliamentarians.   This is an important opportunity to show that no individual is above the law.  We reiterate our call for the Prosecutor General, Parliament, and judicial institutions to fulfill their responsibilities to ensure due process in accordance with the ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement

Today, Ambassador Lu met with former PM and DP MP Sali Berisha to discuss current developments in Albanian politics.  Ambassador Lu reiterated U.S. support for the process of decriminalization by all parties and the importance of the opposition’s constructive participation in that process to strengthen democratic institutions. Regarding the allegations made by Mr. Doshi against ...
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Ambassador Lu Meets with HIDAACI Chief Inspector

Ambassador Lu met today with the Chief Inspector for the High Inspectorate for the Declaration and Audit of Assets and Conflicts of Interest (HIDAACI), Mr. Shkëlqim Ganaj.  The Declaration of Assets process is one of the most powerful tools to detect and to deter corrupt and criminal behavior in public officials. The United States strongly ...
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One Year Later – Russia’s Occupation of Crimea, Statement by Jen Psaki Spokesperson

On this one year anniversary of the sham “referendum” in Crimea, held in clear violation of Ukrainian law and the Ukrainian constitution, the United States reiterates its condemnation of a vote that was not voluntary, transparent, or democratic.  We do not, nor will we, recognize Russia’s attempted annexation and call on President Putin to end ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Donald Lu “24 years of U.S. – Albania Relations”

The Honorable President of the Republic Bujar Nishani, Ms. Arta Dade, Mr. Eduart Selami, Dr. Edith Harxhi, ladies and gentlemen, good morning. On this 24th anniversary of our resumption of diplomatic relations, I wanted to remember for the moment the visit of Secretary of State James Baker to Tirana 24 years ago.  Maybe some of you also remember ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement

The story that first appeared in Rilindja Demokratike newspaper yesterday referring to a list of nine Members of Parliament that were deemed “non grata” by the U.S. Embassy is a complete fabrication.  The Embassy does monitor closely issues of crime and corruption across all political parties, but the Embassy did not compile that list. We ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement

In response to several media queries we received today, the Embassy has the following statement: The inaugural meeting of the US-Albania Parliamentary Friendship Group was postponed due to the current political climate in Parliament and the unwillingness of the Democratic Party to participate in the meeting.
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Statement by the President on the 45th Anniversary of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Forty-five years ago today the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty entered into force.  At the time that the treaty was signed, it was widely predicted that dozens of countries would develop nuclear weapons, a prospect that threatened to disrupt global stability and security.  Instead, thanks to ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement

The United States welcomes the decision of the Socialist Party of Albania to expel Mr. Tom Doshi, who is alleged to be involved in criminal activities.  The United States takes seriously the threat of crime and corruption to free and democratic societies.  We encourage all political parties in Albania to remove individuals involved in criminal ...
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Remarks at the Atlantic Council of Albania International Conference “General Security Situation in Europe and its Challenges”

Minister Kodheli, Former Minister Mediu, Dr. Starova, Dr. Luciolli, Ladies and Gentlemen, Like many of you, I grew up as a boy in a world obsessed with the Cold War.  In school, we practiced hiding under our desks in the event of a nuclear attack.  In Cub Scouts we wore military-style blue uniforms and learned ...
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USAID to provide assistance for flooding in agricultural areas

In response to a request for assistance from the Government of Albania, the U.S. Embassy, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will provide up to $750,000 in additional technical and financial assistance for those in agricultural areas who have been affected by the recent flooding. We will work closely with local authorities and ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement

The U.S. Embassy strongly condemns the use of explosives in separate attacks today in Tirana. The use of violence as a means of intimidation and coercion is a cowardly act that undermines democracy and has no place in today’s Albania. The U.S. Embassy is proud to continue its longstanding support for Albania’s Ministry of Interior, ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with President Poroshenko of Ukraine

President Obama spoke today with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine regarding the situation in eastern Ukraine and the current talks on a cease-fire and peace deal.  The President expressed his condolences for the continuing loss of life of Ukrainian citizens and his strong support for the current peace negotiations.  Both the President and President Poroshenko ...
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Writer Gail Milissa Grant Visits Tirana

Sponsored by the US Embassy, Ms. Gail Milissa Grant writer, public speaker and former US diplomat visited Tirana for a two day program in honor of Black History Month. During her visit, Milissa met high school students at Ismail Qemali School, as well as students of Tirana University and European University of Tirana and spoke ...
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Statement by the President on International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

On the tenth International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the American people pay tribute to the six million Jews and millions of others murdered by the Nazi regime. We also honor those who survived the Shoah, while recognizing the scars and burdens that many have carried ever since. ...
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“Andon Zako Çajupi” high school students Meet America

On January 27th a group of “Andon Zako Çajupi” high school in Tirana visited the U.S. Embassy.  This group of students is also one of the teams in the upcoming Model UN conference.  Accompanied by their team leaders Peace Corps Professor Marty Feess and English Language teacher Albana Koci, the students visited the Information Resource ...
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“Hour of Code” Visits Fan Noli Middle School

The U.S. Embassy in Tirana was pleased to join EDS Foundation in promoting the “Hour of Code” initiative and give the opportunity to Albanian students to learn computer science. Michael McCord, the Information Management Specialist from the Embassy’s Information Programs Office visited Fan Noli Middle School in Tirana to teach coding to students. Mr. McCord ...
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Statement By Secretary Kerry

Attacks in Ukraine by Russia-Backed Separatists I join my European counterparts in condemning in the strongest terms today’s horrific assault by Russia-backed separatists on civilian neighborhoods in Mariupol, a peaceful city 25 kilometers outside of the Minsk ceasefire line, using Grad rocket systems and other advanced weaponry.  With smoke rising from apartment buildings and playgrounds ...
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Ambassador Donald Lu meets with Prime Minister Edi Rama

On January 22nd, Ambassador Donald Lu met with Prime Minister Edi Rama. During their meeting they affirmed the long, historic friendship between the United States and Albania, and recognized our shared values. During the meeting, the two discussed a range of critical issues where our countries work side-by-side to advance peace and prosperity throughout the ...
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Ambassador Donald Lu meets with Minister of Interior Saimir Tahiri

Ambassador Donald Lu met with Interior Minister of Interior Saimir Tahiri on January 20. During the meeting, the Ambassador and Minister Tahiri appreciated the longstanding, close ties between the United States and Albania. One of the United States’ key priorities is to support reforms and policies that will enhance Albania’s integration into European and Euro-Atlantic ...
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Ambassador Lu meets with Defense Minister Mimi Kodheli

Ambassador Lu met with Defense Minister Mimi Kodheli on January 16. During the meeting, the Ambassador conveyed the appreciation of the United States for Albania’s support as a NATO Ally, its important contributions to our common mission in Afghanistan, and its international leadership in countering ISIL and terrorism. During their meeting they affirmed the long, ...
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Albanian Young Entrepreneurs

In order to promote entrepreneurship and innovation, the Public Affairs Office of the US Embassy worked with the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth and the Partners Albania organization to develop a project on youth entrepreneurship. Made possible through a $90,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State, the project consists of two main components: ...
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Ambassador Donald Lu meets with Democratic Party Chairman Lulzim Basha

On January 15, Ambassador Donald Lu met with Democratic Party Chairman Lulzim Basha. During their meeting they affirmed the long, historic friendship between the United States and Albania, and recognized our shared values. The Ambassador stressed the United States’ firm support for Albania’s continuing Euro-Atlantic aspirations, and our commitment to helping Albania achieve those aspirations. ...
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Ambassador Donald Lu meets with Speaker of Parliament Ilir Meta

On January 14, Ambassador Donald Lu met with Speaker of Parliament Ilir Meta. During their meeting they affirmed the long, historic friendship between the United States and Albania, and possibilities for deepening relations. The Ambassador conveyed the appreciation of the United States for Albania’s support as a NATO Ally, important contributions to our common mission ...
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Ambassador Arvizu Hosts Iftar Dinner

On July 18th, Ambassador Alexander A. Arvizu hosted the U.S. Embassy’s Iftar dinner, in honor of Albania’s Muslim community. World Bektashi Leader Baba Mondi, Chairman of the Albanian Islamic Community Skender Brucaj, Minister of Social Welfare and Youth Erion Veliaj, muftis from various cities and representatives from civil society were some of the distinguished guests ...
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Press Statement

Marie Harf Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson, Washington, DC June 27, 2014 The United States congratulates the people of Albania, and welcomes the June 27 decision by the European Council to grant European Union candidate country status to Albania. We salute the dedicated, hard work present and previous governments have invested to reach ...
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Time to End the Shame of Modern Slavery in Albania, by Ambassador Alexander A. Arvizu

By Alexander A. Arvizu, U.S. Ambassador to Albania   Today, Albania received some good news for its efforts on rule of law and for further integration into the Euro-Atlantic community. In the U.S. State Department’s 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report, released today, Albania improved its performance, moving up to a ‘Tier 2’ ranking and off ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement

The US Embassy strongly supports Albanian law enforcement efforts to address the longstanding illegal cultivation of cannabis in the Lazarat area.  We hope every precaution will be taken to avoid casualties and we call for perpetrators of criminal activities to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and punished accordingly.  We also condemn ...
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USA, Australian aid projects give Alpine Goats to Women in Zall-Bastar

Last week, U.S. Ambassador, Alexander Arvizu, and the Australian Ambassador to Albania, Mike Rann, participated in a special ceremony to provide 32 women with an Alpine goat. The goats are provided through USAID and Australian grants to provide sustainable livelihoods for rural families in the remote, mountainous villages in the district of Tirana. USAID is ...
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Embassy supports the Alliance of Women Parliamentarians

On May 27, Ambassador Arvizu, joined by OSCE Ambassador Raunig, hosted a small reception as a pre-departure event for the group of women parliamentarians traveling to the US to participate in the IVLP “Women’s Empowerment” Program. Designed for the leaders and representatives of the women’s alliance in the Albanian parliament and the women’s forums of ...
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G-7 Leaders Statement on Ukraine

We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission, join in expressing our deep concern at the continued efforts by separatists backed by Russia to destabilize eastern Ukraine and our commitment to taking further steps to ...
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International Women’s Month, Joint Message

During International Women’s Month, we, as representatives of the international community in Albania and members of the technical working group on ‘Women in decision-making’, reflect upon the progress made thus far, and the challenges that remain, in achieving gender equality in Albania. We fully embrace the United Nations’ International Women’s Day theme for this year, ...
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Ceremony at Albanian Parliament Kicks off 5th Model UN Conference

U.S. Ambassador Alexander A. Arvizu, UN Resident Coordinator Zineb Touimi-Benjelloun, Albanian Speaker of Parliament Ilir Meta and Minister of Education Lindita Nikolla were the keynote speakers at today’s opening ceremony in the Parliament’s Plenary Room for the 5th Albanian Model UN Conference.  121 participating high school students coming from cities throughout Albania were encouraged to ...
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U.S. Embassy Remembers and Honors “International Holocaust Day”

As part of the Embassy Speakers Bureau Program, Political Officer Nathan Haft was the guest speaker at the Marubi Academy of Film & Multimedia, together with two other representatives of the religious community in Albania, where he spoke about International Holocaust Memorial Day. Nathan observed that the Day of Remembrance was an opportunity to remember ...
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U.S. Embassy Speakers’ Bureau Program Visits New York University

On Wednesday, February 5, 2014, as part of the US Embassy Speakers’ Bureau, Gina Underwood, American Psychotherapist/Social Worker, spoke to an Organization and Behavior Class at New York University Tirana regarding Stress Management.  The students actively participated in the discussion with insightful comments about their own signs of stress and ways to manage it.  Discussion ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement

An interagency delegation, including representatives from the U.S. Departments of State, Justice, Homeland Security, and the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center is visiting Albania January 27-28 for meetings with President Nishani, Prime Minister Rama and other Albanian officials to discuss counterterrorism cooperation. Albania is one of several countries in the region the delegation is visiting.  The ...
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Ambassador visits civil society organizations in Korce

During a January 24 trip to Korce, Ambassador Arvizu and Public Affairs Officer Valerie O’Brien visited the Regional Development Agency of Korce (RDA), a successful Democracy Commission grantee. The Director of the Destination Management Organization (DMO)—another successful Democracy Commission and USAID partner—joined RDA staff in the meeting. Directors of both RDA and DMO briefed the ...
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Ambassador Launches First Call for Proposals for 2014 Democracy Commission Small Grants Program

On January 24, Ambassador Alexander Arvizu and Public Affairs Officer Valerie O’Brien traveled to Korce where they launched the first call for proposals of the U.S. Embassy’s Democracy Commission Small Grants Program for 2014. The event brought together civil society organizations and local government representatives of Korça, Pogradec, Erseke and Devoll districts. While addressing the ...
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Manual on the Albanian Insolvency Law to Help Financial Stability

Last week, USAID and a local NGO, Assist Impact, in partnership with the School of Magistrates, announced the launch of the “Manual on the Albanian Insolvency Law” to support business development in Albania and recognized the 140 Albanian judges who completed training on modern bankruptcy and insolvency practices.  This manual and training represents the culmination ...
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ACT NOW Coordinator Discusses Corruption in Albania with Foreign Languages High School Students

On January 28th, as part of the Embassy’s Speakers Bureau program, the ACT NOW Coordinator Elizabeth Barnhart had a very stimulating presentation with students of the Foreign Languages High School on Corruption and its effect on the society.  Her presentation laid the ground for an interactive discussion with students on the causes of public corruption, ...
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