Transcript of Interview of U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia Karen Donfried with Voice of America

Voice of America: First of all, I would like to thank you for this opportunity. Ms. Donfried, in the press release announcing your tour in the region, it was explained that in Albania, among other things, you would emphasize the need to fully implement justice reform and combat corruption. What specifically did you ask from …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Yuri Kim at the Task Group Balkans Activation Ceremony

Good afternoon, everybody! What a brilliant day to be together, among friends and allies. Minister Peleshi, Chief of Defense, General Begaj, General Tabor, General Hou and other distinguished friends and allies – it is a great, great honor to be able to stand before you today, to stand with you today on this historic occasion, …

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Our Strength is our Unity: Putin Chose War. We Remain United with Ukraine by DAS Gabriel Escobar

The world has changed because of Russia’s war on Ukraine, and the outpouring of support for Ukraine over the last few days has been remarkable.  We join the international call on all countries, and particularly those in Europe, to uphold international law and unequivocally reject Russia’s illegal invasion of their neighbor in Ukraine.  The countries …

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Transcript of Interview of DAS Gabriel Escobar, VOA – Albania

VOA:  Mr. Escobar, events turned violent last weekend in Albania at the main headquarters of the main opposition site of the Democratic Party.  What are your thoughts about what transpired that day and in general in the Democratic Party? DAS Escobar:  I think it’s deplorable that anybody would resort to violence and not the ballot …

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Transcript of Interview of DAS Gabriel Escobar with Sokol Balla, Real Story, News 24 TV

Sokol Balla: Hello! I speak to you from the U.S. Embassy where I’m in the company of Mr. Gabriel Escobar, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the end of his first visit in this capacity in Tirana. Mr. Escobar, thank you for being with us tonight. DAS Escobar: Thank you …

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Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the Ceremony for the Donation of COVID Equipment to Mother Theresa Hospital

It is a great pleasure to be here and it’s really an honor to for me to be with you. As a temporary resident of Albania, I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything that all of you have done, every medic, every nurse, everyone who was cleaning the …

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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 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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Virtual Visit of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer to Albania

During a “virtual visit” to Albania April 6, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer met with President Meta, PM Rama, and DP Chair Basha to reaffirm the importance of U.S.-Albanian relations as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations. They reconfirmed our shared commitment to expanding bilateral cooperation on democracy, …

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Transcript of Interview with U.S. Ambassador to Albania Yuri Kim

with VOA Albanian Service   VOA: Ambassador Kim, thank you for this interview. Through almost one year of your presence in Albania, the focus of your public statements has been justice reform. Recently, you have spoken often about the Constitutional Court, insisting on the need to make it functional within this month. How realistic is …

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Transcript of Interview with A/S of State for Education and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce with Thimi Samarxhi of Vizion+

Vizion+: Madam, thank you very much for being here. I appreciate it and it’s an honor having you here. A/S Royce: Thank you, Thimi. Vizion+: Given that this is probably your first visit to Albania, what is your first impression? A/S Royce: The first thing I want to say is how appreciative I am of …

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Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the U.S European Command-funded Project in Patos

Mayor Balilaj, Director Mete, Director Diko, distinguished guests and students. I would first like to thank you for the opportunity to take part in this ceremony commemorating the renovations made to this beautiful facility. Of all the important work that the United States Embassy takes part in, the humanitarian assistance projects are the most rewarding …

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Transcript of Interview with U.S. Ambassador Yuri Kim by Sokol Balla

Sokol Balla: Albania is a strange country even when it comes to its history. We practically do not have the Declaration of Independence. We’ve lost it. We don’t have the Independence Day flag, either. It’s been stolen. And we do not have the building where independence was declared either because it has been destroyed. There …

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Remarks by Ambassador Yuri Kim at the AFCP Signing Ceremony

Minister Margariti, honored guests, good morning and thank you for joining us. Today, we mark the start of the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Project to restore cultural sites damaged by the November 26th earthquake in Krujë, Durrës, and Prezë. Since its creation in 2001, the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation has provided financial …

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Remarks by DAS Matthew Palmer at the Albania Earthquake Donors’ Conference

*Good afternoon everyone.  It is an honor to be here today representing the United States as we jointly show our support for Albania, though I wish it were under happier circumstances.  I want to thank President von der Leyen and the European Commission for coordinating this Donors’ Conference.  This event has galvanized international support, and …

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