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

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