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 this important milestone. Albania’s political parties, whether in government or in opposition, will need to continue to work together to advance their country on the path to European Union membership.

The United States and Albania are close friends and enduring allies. We remain committed to offering our full support as the Albanian people pursue their chosen path towards a prosperous European future.