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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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