Over the past many months, we have been encouraged by the progress we have seen in the fight against organized crime and corruption in Albania – a direct result of the work done by Albanian authorities, particularly those police and prosecutors who strive for true justice for all Albanians. There is more work to do, and we expect that these efforts not only continue, but increase. A fully functional Ministry of the Interior is a key component to sustain these efforts and the momentum already achieved. The U.S. Government stands ready to work with our Albanian partners. We will offer assistance wherever possible to help bring down organized crime, end corruption, continue advancing justice sector reform, and uphold rule of law for the Albanian people.