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  • Secretary of State John Kerry And Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati

    Remarks from Secretary of State John Kerry And Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati

    SECRETARY KERRY: Well, good morning, everybody. It’s my pleasure to welcome Foreign Minister Bushati of Albania, and particularly to do so because Albania is, first of all, a very strong friend and NATO ally.

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    U.S. Embassy Statement (March 11, 2015)

    The story that first appeared in Rilindja Demokratike newspaper yesterday referring to a list of nine Members of Parliament that were deemed “non grata” by the U.S. Embassy is a complete fabrication. The Embassy does monitor closely issues of crime and corruption across all political parties, but the Embassy did not compile that list. We reiterate our statement of March 2 and encourage all political parties in Albania to remove individuals involved in criminal or corrupt activities and we strongly support the work of the Parliament to develop legislation in accordance with the Resolution of December 24, 2014.

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    U.S. Embassy Statement (March 10, 2015)

    In response to several media queries we received today, the Embassy has the following statement: The inaugural meeting of the US-Albania Parliamentary Friendship Group was postponed due to the current political climate in Parliament and the unwillingness of the Democratic Party to participate in the meeting.

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    U.S. Embassy Statement (March 2, 2015)

    The United States welcomes the decision of the Socialist Party of Albania to expel Mr. Tom Doshi, who is alleged to be involved in criminal activities. The United States takes seriously the threat of crime and corruption to free and democratic societies. We encourage all political parties in Albania to remove individuals involved in criminal or corrupt activities. We strongly support the work of the Parliament to develop legislation in accordance with the Resolution of December 24, 2014. Furthermore, we call upon the Prosecutor General of Albania to investigate and prosecute criminals and corrupt officials at all levels.

  • USAID to provide assistance for flooding in agricultural areas (February 11, 2015)

    USAID to provide assistance for flooding in agricultural areas (February 11, 2015)

    In response to a request for assistance from the Government of Albania, the U.S. Embassy, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will provide up to $750,000 in additional technical and financial assistance for those in agricultural areas who have been affected by the recent flooding. We will work closely with local authorities and Albanian non-governmental organizations in the recovery effort, and we will support affected farmers in the fruit and olive industries, as well as those who lost greenhouses and livestock to the recent floodwaters. USAID traveled to most of the affected areas and maintained close contact with national and local authorities and affected farmers throughout this difficult period to look at the best possible ways to help. Our thoughts are with the many Albanian families who have lost their homes, their farms and their livestock as a result of this terrible flooding and we hope this assistance will provide some immediate support to families and help restore some of the most affected agricultural areas.”

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    U.S. Embassy Statement (February 10, 2015)

    The U.S. Embassy strongly condemns the use of explosives in separate attacks today in Tirana. The use of violence as a means of intimidation and coercion is a cowardly act that undermines democracy and has no place in today’s Albania. The U.S. Embassy is proud to continue its longstanding support for Albania’s Ministry of Interior, Police, and other security services in the fight against organized crime, narcotics trafficking, and corruption.

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  • Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Donald Lu "24 years of U.S. – Albania Relations" (March 16, 2015)

    The Honorable President of the Republic Bujar Nishani, Ms. Arta Dade, Mr. Eduart Selami, Dr. Edith Harxhi, ladies and gentlemen, good morning. On this 24th anniversary of our resumption of diplomatic relations, I wanted to remember for the moment the visit of Secretary of State James Baker to Tirana 24 years ago. Maybe some of you also remember that historic day in June. I recently spoke to Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns who as a young diplomat was with Secretary Baker on that trip. 

  • Remarks by President Obama and European Council President Donald Tusk Before Bilateral Meeting (March 9, 2015)

    PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, it is a great pleasure to welcome Donald Tusk to the White House in his new role. I had outstanding experiences working with him during the time that he was Prime Minister of Poland, one of our closest allies, and was consistently impressed with his outstanding work and his strong support for the Transatlantic Alliance. We are very pleased that he is carrying on those same skills and values to the European Council. And let me just say at the outset that I think transatlantic unity is as strong as it’s ever been. We face a number of significant challenges. Obviously a major topic of conversation today will be the situation in Ukraine. We are all committed to making sure that we uphold the basic principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity that have been threatened by Russian aggression. We’ve been able to maintain strong unity with respect to sanctions.  

  • Statement by the President on the 45th Anniversary of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (March 5, 2015)

    Forty-five years ago today the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty entered into force. At the time that the treaty was signed, it was widely predicted that dozens of countries would develop nuclear weapons, a prospect that threatened to disrupt global stability and security. Instead, thanks to worldwide collective efforts and commitment, the NPT has become the cornerstone of the nuclear nonproliferation regime, reinforcing international peace and security, and preventing the further spread of nuclear weapons while promoting the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Today, global nuclear stockpiles are at their lowest levels since the 1950s. As I stated in Prague in 2009, reinforced in Berlin in 2013, and again reaffirmed last month in my National Security Strategy, the United States seeks the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.  

  • Remarks by the President at the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism (February 19, 2015)

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you, John. Good morning, everyone. I want to thank John Kerry, not only for his introduction, but for the outstanding leadership of American diplomacy. John is tireless. If he has not visited your country yet, he will soon. And I want to thank you and everybody here at the State Department for organizing and hosting this ministerial today. Mr. Secretary General, distinguished guests, we are joined by representatives from governments, because we all have a responsibility to ensure the security, the prosperity and the human rights of our citizens. And we’re joined by leaders of civil society, including many faith leaders, because civil society -- reflecting the views and the voices of citizens -- is vital to the success of any country. I thank all of you and I welcome all of you. 

  • Readout of the President’s Call with President Poroshenko of Ukraine (February 10, 2015)

    President Obama spoke today with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine regarding the situation in eastern Ukraine and the current talks on a cease-fire and peace deal. The President expressed his condolences for the continuing loss of life of Ukrainian citizens and his strong support for the current peace negotiations. Both the President and President Poroshenko praised the contributions of Germany and France in this effort to achieve a sustainable, peaceful resolution to the conflict. They also agreed on the need for Russia to abide by the commitments it made in Minsk in September, which should remain the basis for a negotiated settlement. The President underlined the commitment of the United States to work with our international partners to provide the financial support Ukraine needs as it continues to undertake essential reforms.  

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