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  • U.S. Embassy Statement (September 8, 2015)

    U.S. Embassy Statement (September 8, 2015)

    The United States Embassy welcomes the decision of Member of Parliament Arben Ndoka to resign from Parliament and the decision to allow the arrest of Member of Parliament Armando Prenga. These decisions represent real progress for Albania towards creating a political system with leaders of the highest ethical standards.

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    Statement by the U.S. Embassy (July 28, 2015)

    Following media queries on the 2015 State Department report on Trafficking in Persons, the U.S. Embassy would like to note that the report recognizes that the Government of Albania made some good progress and continued to make significant efforts to comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking. We encourage the Albanian Government to continue those efforts to combat human trafficking in all its forms through strong law enforcement and effective victim protections, as well as with policies to prevent trafficking. The U.S. is committed to working with Albania to support its ongoing efforts against human trafficking.

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    2015 Trafficking in Persons Report - Albania

    Albania is a source and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. Albanian women and children are primarily subjected to sex trafficking within Albania, in neighboring countries (Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Greece), and in other European countries. Albanian and some foreign victims are subjected to forced labor in Albania, particularly in the tourism industry.

  • Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland Visits Albania (July 13, 2015)

    Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland Visits Albania (July 13, 2015)

    Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland, visited Tirana today and met with President Nishani, Prime Minister Rama, Foreign Minister Bushati, and Democratic Party Chair Basha. They discussed a broad range of bilateral issues that form part of the U.S-Albania Strategic Partnership, including security, defense, and energy issues.

  • Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland during her press conference at the American Corner Tirana (July 13, 2015)

    Statements by Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland

    Assistant Secretary Nuland: Thank you everybody for joining us this evening. This the sixth stop on a seven country Balkan trip that I’m doing with our interagency team and this is the second year that we have done this trip. It is a chance to touch base with our partners and our allies around the region.

  • Ambassador Donald Lu Delivering Remarks on the Independence Day Reception.

    Ambassador Donald Lu Remarks on the Independence Day Reception (July 1, 2015)

    President Nishani, Speaker Meta, Prime Minister Rama, Deputy Minister Kospiri, ladies and gentlemen, Americans are more than just cowboy boots and Hollywood movies. We are a nation founded on the simple idea that all people are created equal. Today on this 239th birthday of the United States we celebrate the diversity of the American people.


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  • Joint Declaration on the Recent Military Actions of the Russian Federation in Syria (October 2, 2015)

    We, the Governments of France, Germany, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States of America state the following in view of the recent military actions of the Russian Federation in Syria: We express our deep concern with regard to the Russian military build-up in Syria and especially ‎the attacks by the Russian Air Force on Hama, Homs and Idlib which led to civilian casualties and did not target Da'esh. These military actions constitute a further escalation and will only fuel more extremism and radicalization. We call on the Russian Federation to immediately cease its attacks on the Syrian opposition and civilians and to focus its efforts on fighting ISIL. 

  • Progress in Serbia-Kosovo Dialogue (August 27, 2015)

    We congratulate the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo and their delegations for reaching important agreements today, facilitated by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini. We also commend the EU High Representative and her team. The agreements finalized today on energy, telecommunications, establishment of an Association/Community of Serbian Municipalities, as well as on the Freedom of Movement/Mitrovica Bridge, will improve the lives of people in both countries. 

  • Ambassador’s Remarks at the USAID Digital Audio Recording Event (July 14, 2015)

    Chief Justice Zaganjori, Minister Naco, judges, inspectors, ladies and gentlemen, How do Albanian citizens figure out which judges and prosecutors are corrupt and which judges and prosecutors are honorable and doing their jobs well? How do Albanian citizens regain their faith in their court system to deliver justice without a big bag of cash? One of the most important roads to a more honest judicial system is through comprehensive judicial reform. Experts from the United States, the European Union and the Council of Europe have invested years of effort in supporting this reform. Deputy Eduard Halimi announced last week that the opposition would participate constructively in the commission guiding this reform. All Albanians should feel confidence that this process is moving forward. 

  • Central Archive to Store Digital Audio Recordings of All Court Sessions in Albania (July 14, 2015)

    Today, USAID, the Ministry of Justice, and the High Council of Justice inaugurated the Central Archive, to store digital audio recordings of court sessions held in every courtroom in Albania. The Central Archive offers high levels of data security and the ability to access audio recordings remotely by authorized uses, such as judicial inspectors. U.S. Ambassador Donald Lu, Minister of Justice, Nasip Naço, and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Xhezair Zaganjori, delivered remarks at the ceremony. It is expected that judicial inspectors will access the database to investigate complaints against judges and provide data to support the evaluation of judges for promotion or disciplinary measures. USAID has supported the installation of Digital Audio Recording (DAR) technology in all Albanian courts. Today, more than 80 percent of all court hearings are recorded through DAR. The DAR system guarantees verbatim records of the court hearings and as a consequence a more efficient and accountable judiciary with more transparency and fairness for the parties.  

  • Statement by the President on the 70th Anniversary of V-E Day (May 8, 2015)

    Seventy years ago today, the Allied Forces declared victory in Europe over tyranny during World War II. After more than five years of brutal fighting that took the lives of some 40 million people across the continent—including six million Jews and millions of others murdered by the Nazi regime—the forces of freedom triumphed over oppression in Europe. The war was not yet won; it would be three more months of fighting in the Pacific. But V-E Day represented, at long last, a hope for peace.  


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