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 Ambassador Yuri Kim at the Graduation Ceremony for the Investigative Journalism Lab 5

Good morning. Thank you all for coming to the Embassy today and for allowing me to celebrate this occasion with you. There is no doubt that this has been a challenging time due to the pandemic, but I am honored and glad that we are able to gather together here today in the culmination of …

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Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the Tirana Open Day of Defender 2021 Military Exercise

President Meta, Prime Minister Rama, Ministers and Generals, Mr. Basha, men and women in uniform, dear friends,   What a beautiful day to showcase our militaries and Exercise Defender Europe 2021, which is the largest U.S.-led military exercise ever seen in the Western Balkans!   This is landmark moment for U.S.-Albanian cooperation in defense. It …

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Transcript of Interview of U.S. Ambassador Yuri Kim with Blendi Fevziu, Opinion show, TV Klan 

Blendi Fevziu: Ambassador Kim, welcome to the studio of “Opinion,” welcome again. Ambassador Kim: Thank you so much, great to be back. Blendi Fevziu: How are you? You have been very busy in these days, I think? Ambassador Kim: I think everybody has been busy in Albania, but I’m ok, thank you very much. Blendi Fevziu: And everybody …

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Press Statement by Ambassador Yuri Kim

Let me underline the thanks that Ambassador Soreca has expressed for commissioner Celibashi and the rest of his team following this final briefing before the election. I think we are all looking forward to a peaceful, orderly electoral process where the right of Albanian citizens to express their will through their vote is guaranteed. There is a …

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Transcript of Interview of U.S. Ambassador Yuri Kim with Lutfi Dervishi, RTSH

Lutfi Dervishi: Madam Ambassador, welcome to the show. Ambassador Kim: Thank you very much. It’s a pleasure to be here. Lutfi Dervishi: Less than two weeks from voting day, what are your major concerns regarding the elections? Ambassador Kim: I have hopes, but also concerns as you note. I think this is a very important …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Yuri Kim at the “Justice for All Event”

*Honorable Members of the High Court, the High Judicial Council, Court Chairs, Court Chancellors, Ranking Members from Albania’s School of Magistrates, partners, and dear friends. Thank you for sharing your time with us today and thank you for this opportunity to address you all. I greatly appreciate the insights you all have shared with us …

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Transcript of Round Table Discussion of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer with Albanian Reporters

DAS Palmer: Thank you very much and thank you for joining me. It’s been a real pleasure for me to engage in even a virtual visit to Tirana, which is, let’s face it, a pale shadow of the real thing, and the food isn’t nearly as good. But it really is a joy to get …

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Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the “Albanian – American Relations – Past, Present and Future” Conference

Dear Minister Xhacka, Mr. Rakipi, Dr. Biberaj, and Distinguished guests: I am proud to be here today as the U.S. Ambassador to Albania, celebrating together with our Albanian colleagues, this historic occasion: the 30th anniversary of the reestablishment of U.S.-Albanian diplomatic relations. Anniversaries like this are an opportunity to think about how far we’ve come, …

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Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at Tirana Women’s Salon

Good morning! Thank you for inviting me to be part of this special event. I feel honored to be a part of this format that carries such a vital message: women are 50% of humanity, and we have important contributions to make in addressing economic, political, and human security challenges that affect us all. The …

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Remarks by Acting Deputy Chief of Mission and Public Affairs Officer Brian Beckmann at the National CVE Help Line Event

Deputy Minister Kuko, Director Dervishi, Mr. Hupin, Mr. Veenkamp, Ms. Luarasi, Dear Guests, Good Morning. Thank you for the invitation to be part of this event today. I am so glad to see several partners gathered here in support of our shared fight against violent extremism, because this is exactly that, a shared effort. Our …

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Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the “Costs of Democracy 2 – Money and Politics, Challenge Still Ongoing” Conference

*Good Morning Mr. Gogo, Ambassador Soreca, Ambassador del Monaco, Ambassador Zingraf, Chair Celibashi, Dear Guests…   I am pleased to be part of this conference today, concluding an important initiative, the goal of which is to make Albania’s election processes freer and fairer. Democracy rests on a foundation of transparency and public trust, which is …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Anniversary of the Earthquake that struck Albania in 2019

November 26 marks one year since an earthquake struck Albania. The United States stands in solidarity with the Albanian people as you mark this solemn anniversary. Throughout the past year, Albania has shown tremendous resilience, not only rebuilding, but in coping with a global pandemic. The United States has been with you every step of …

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Remarks by Ambassador Kim at the Albanian Muslim Community’s Countering Violent Extremist Project Launch

*Good Morning Chairman Spahiu, Deputy Minister Kuko, Coordinator Dervishi, religious leaders, distinguished guests. It is my honor to be here with you today. I love constructing communities. My father owned a construction company that built communities in Guam, and I like seeing new communities rise out of nowhere, where people can lead better lives and …

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Transcript of Interview of U.S. Ambassador Yuri Kim with Blendi Salaj of A2/CNN

A2/CNN: Dear viewers, welcome. This is our interview with U.S. Ambassador to Albania, Ms. Yuri Kim. Madam Ambassador, it’s an honor to have you in the studio and let me welcome you to A2. Ambassador Kim: Thank you very much. It’s a pleasure to be here. A2/CNN: It’s a pleasure for me as well. Let’s …

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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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Transcript of U.S. Ambassador Yuri Kim’s Interview with Ilva Tare on Euronews

Ilva Tare: Kam të ftuar sot ambasadoren e Shteteve të Bashkuara në Tiranë, Yuri Kim. Madam Ambassador, thank you very much for being at Euronews Albania, in what makes me very happy to be your first interview at Euronews Albania, in this country. One month after your arrival to Albania, the country went into quarantine mode because of coronavirus. How was the experience of working under such restrictions?    Ambassador Kim: First of …

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Remarks by Brian Beckmann at the “Promoting Education to Counter Violent Extremism” Project

Good morning and thank you for the invitation to be part of this event today.  Supporting Albania’s efforts in combatting terrorism and violent extremism is among the key priorities of the U.S. government and the Embassy. No country is immune to the threat posed by terrorism and violent extremism, and the Balkan region and Albania …

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Remarks by Public Affairs Officer Brian Beckmann at the “Whistleblowing Corruption in Albania” Project

Good morning, Ambassador Guusje Korthals Altes, Ms. Skendaj, Mr. Dervishi, Mr. Karaj, Dear guests. First of all, I want to congratulate the Albanian Helsinki Committee for its work to implement this important anti-corruption initiative. We all know that corruption is a disease that harms society, the economy, and the daily lives of citizens.  The cure …

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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 Deputy Public Affairs Officer Lucija Straley at the “Debating Economics” Program Launch

Good morning Mrs. Gjini, Chairman Granoff, Junior Achievement Albania Director Bala, rectors, and students. It is a pleasure to be here today to launch the National Debating Economics Program, supported by the U.S. Embassy through our Democracy Commission.  The Debating Economics program aims to help build an active and informed public by educating students in …

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

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

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

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

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

Honorable Mr. Dedja, Mr. Sadushi, Mr. Zaganjori, colleague Ambassadors, Commissioner  Jourova, dear magistrates, good morning! Thank you for having me here today. It is an honor to be with you on this special occasion to mark your graduation from the School of Magistrates. [Now I will continue in English.] Honest. Courageous. Patriotic. These are the words the U.S. government has used to describe the …

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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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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 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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Remarks by Carson Relitz Rocker at the Women’s Caucus Event

I nderuar Kryetar i Kuvendit të Shqipërisë zoti Ruçi, e nderuar nënkryetare e Kuvendit zonja Hysi, të nderuara Deputete, të nderuar Ambasadorë, mirëmëngjes. Unë jam Carson Relitz Rocker nga Ambasada Amerikane dhe është një kënaqësi e madhe që ndodhem këtu mes jush!  Ndihem e nderuar që marr pjesë në konstituimin e Aleancës së Grave Deputete. …

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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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Remarks at the #HiddenNoMore: Empowering Women Leaders in STEM Event

DEPUTY SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Thank you, Alyson, for that kind introduction. And thanks to you and to OES Acting Assistant Secretary Judith Garber for the good work you and your teams have done in putting together this event. First, I want to extend Secretary Tillerson’s regrets that he was unable to join you today. He’s very passionate …

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Remarks by Ambassador Lu at Rrëshen Youth Town Hall Meeting*

* as prepared for delivery Mr. Kola, Mr. Kacorri, Mrs. Reci, dear students, Good morning.  This is my first visit to Rrëshen and I love it here.  This is also our first of many meetings with young people in towns across Albania.  We have a message for you, but we also hope to learn something …

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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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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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Ultimate Frisbee Lands in Albania

From April 10 – 24th, the Public Affairs Section brought international NGO 10 Million Discs to Albania to spread the concepts of teamwork, conflict resolution, leadership, personal accountability, and mutual respect through the sport of Ultimate Frisbee. They worked with P.E. teachers and students from Shkoder, Lezha, Tirana, Durres, Kavaja, Vlora, and Fier.  Ultimate Frisbee …

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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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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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Remarks by Ambassador Donald Lu at the Anti-Corruption Symposium

“Eyes to the Future: Breaking the Corruption Barrier” Anti-Corruption Symposium Tirana, Albania   The honorable Prime Minister Rama, diplomatic colleagues, judges, prosecutors, policemen, students and professors, There is a famous case of corruption in the United States that was uncovered in 2008.  It involved two judges who received bribes totaling more than $2.6 million from …

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PAO Roberts Discusses US Presidential Elections & Foreign Policy

On November 16th, Ryan Roberts Chief of the Embassy’s Public Affairs Section gave a presentation on the “U.S. Presidential Elections and Foreign Policy” at the journalism department of the Tirana State University. The students asked great questions about the role that media plays during the election process in America, how the U.S. embassy in Tirana …

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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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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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