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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Remarks by Chargé Moses-Ones at the MRAP Donation Ceremony

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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U.S. Embassy Statement

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

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

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

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

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

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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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