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    2013 International Religious Freedom Report for Albania

    Executive Summary -- The constitution and other laws and policies protect religious freedom and, in practice, the government generally respected religious freedom. The government made little progress in addressing claims from religious groups for the return or restitution of property seized during the former communist era, and many of the property claims remained unresolved.

  • Ambassador Arvizu Hosts Iftar Dinner.

    Ambassador Arvizu Hosts Iftar Dinner

    On July 18th, Ambassador Alexander A. Arvizu hosted the U.S. Embassy’s Iftar dinner, in honor of Albania's Muslim community. World Bektashi Leader Baba Mondi, Chairman of the Albanian Islamic Community Skender Brucaj, Minister of Social Welfare and Youth Erion Veliaj, muftis from various cities and representatives from civil society were some of the distinguished guests of the dinner.

  • Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland With Top Channel’s Bledar Zaganjori during the interview.

    Transcript of Interview of Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland With Top Channel’s Bledar Zaganjori (July 12, 2014)

    Top Channel: Madam Assistant Secretary, first of all, thank you for giving us this opportunity. A/S Nuland: It’s my pleasure, Bledar. Top Channel: You have met with all political actors in Albania and probably have heard from the government their goals on reforms and European integration and from the opposition complaints on several issues.

  • Ambassador Alexander A. Arvizu at the Independence Day Celebration

    Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Alexander A. Arvizu at the Independence Day Celebration

    Mr. President, Mr. Deputy Prime Minister, Honored Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends, Welcome to the annual celebration of American Independence, our national day. Thank you for tolerating the long lines.

  • Press Statement (June 27, 2014)

    Press Statement (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.

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    Statement By The President On Iraq

    THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. I wanted to provide an update on recent developments in Iraq, including some important steps forward as Iraqis form a new government.

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  • Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry at Top of Meeting on Building an Anti-ISIL Coalition Co-Chaired by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, and UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon (September 5, 2014)

    SECRETARY KERRY: Good morning, everybody. We are very appreciative for everyone who made the time to get here early (inaudible) in order to start the day with another meeting, with an extra meeting. But we thought it was really critical given the urgency of (inaudible) with respect to ISIL (inaudible) everybody together in order to try to get on the same page and talk through the margins of the NATO summit what we can do over the course of the next days. We’re operating under a little bit of a time constraint. I promised Philip – and we’re very grateful, Philip, for your willingness to cohost this effort and provide facilities, and thank you, again, for the stewardship of this NATO summit. There’s a flyby taking place at 7:45 (inaudible). Okay, (inaudible). The – yeah. And we’re going to try – we’re absolutely going to (inaudible) time so that we can get up there and (inaudible).  

  • Remarks by President Obama to the People of Estonia (September 3, 2014)

    PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Hello, Estonia! Tere Eesti! Thank you, Oskar, for your wonderful introduction and for representing the talent and the energy and the optimism of today’s Estonia, especially its young people. And Oskar is sitting next to his father, and his father and I agree that we’re getting gray, so we have to make sure that somebody is coming up behind us. Please give Oskar a big round of applause for the great job that he did. (Applause.) To President Ilves and distinguished guests, to the people of Estonia -- it is a great pleasure to be with you in this historic city, in this beautiful land. I thank you for the incredible hospitality that you’ve shown me today. I understand the weather is always like this. (Laughter.) My only regret is that I missed this summer’s Laulupidu. And I’ll try to come back next time and catch it. I bring with me the friendship of the American people, and I am honored to be the first President of the United States to deliver an address like this to the people of Estonia.  

  • Statement on New European Council President and High Representative (August 31, 2014)

    I want to congratulate Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk on his election as President of the European Council, and Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini on her appointment as High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The Prime Minister was a warm host when I visited Warsaw last November, and when President Obama and I returned earlier this year. The Polish people are strong and rightly proud of their country, and I know the Prime Minister will carry his leadership to the Council. I have met with Foreign Minister Mogherini several times, most recently in Paris last month, and I value the collegial rapport we have developed as we work on a range of challenging issues. 

  • Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on European Council Meeting (August 30, 2014)

    We welcome the European Council's consensus today to show strong support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and to prepare further sanctions for consideration in coming days. We are working closely with the EU and other partners to hold Russia accountable for its illegal actions in Ukraine, including through additional economic sanctions. We remain committed to supporting Ukraine as it seeks a diplomatic resolution to the crisis and call on Russia to immediately remove its military, including troops and equipment, from Ukraine and end its illicit support to the separatists. 

  • John Kerry: The Threat of ISIS Demands a Global Coalition (August 29, 2014)

    IN a polarized region and a complicated world, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria presents a unifying threat to a broad array of countries, including the United States. What’s needed to confront its nihilistic vision and genocidal agenda is a global coalition using political, humanitarian, economic, law enforcement and intelligence tools to support military force. In addition to its beheadings, crucifixions and other acts of sheer evil, which have killed thousands of innocents in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, including Sunni Muslims whose faith it purports to represent, ISIS (which the United States government calls ISIL, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) poses a threat well beyond the region. 

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