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

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

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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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Apply for the Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Apply Now for the Investigative Journalism Lab

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

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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 Defense Attaché James Hilton at the Western Balkan Security Conference

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

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

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

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USAID Assistant Administrator Brock Bierman Statement Following High Judicial Council Roundtable

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Anti-Corruption Legal Advisor Gjon Juncaj Interview on 31 Minutes

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

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U.S. Embassy Statement

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

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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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U.S. Embassy Statement

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

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

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

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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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U.S. Embassy Statement

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

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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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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on Albania National Day

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

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U.S. Embassy Statement

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

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U.S. Embassy Statement

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

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

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

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Transcript of Interview with PDAS Elisabeth Millard

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

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Transcript of Interview with U.S. Ambassador Donald Lu

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

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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President Trump’s First 100 Days (Photo Gallery)

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

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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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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 …

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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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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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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, …

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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 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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