History of the U.S. and Albania

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Diplomatic relations between the United States and Albania were re-established on March 15, 1991, after a break of 52 years.  The U.S. Embassy in Tirana was opened on October 1, 1991 with Christopher Hill as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim and later succeeded by U.S. Ambassador William Edwin Ryerson, who presented his credentials to the Government of Albania on December 21, 1991.

At the 1991 historic signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding re-establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries, then Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs Raymond G.H. Seitz said:

The relationship between our countries dates back to the early years of this century, when President [Woodrow] Wilson extended American support for the young Albanian state.  The relationship was never forgotten by the many thousands of Americans of Albanian origin…who kept contact with their homeland over all these years

On June 22, 1991, then Secretary of State James A. Baker III was the first U.S. high-level official to visit Albania after the country’s long period of isolation.  Since that time,
U.S.-Albanian relations have prospered and grown, and Albania has become one of America’s staunchest allies, particularly in the global fight against terrorism.