30th anniversary of US-Albania ties, Ambassador Kim: US has contributed over $1.1 Billion in aids
Since 1991, when we reestablished ties between Albania and the United State, Washington has contributed around 1.1 Billion dollars, in order to help Albania with its democratic reforms, its entrepreneurial progress and security.
These were the words of the US ambassador to Albania, Yuri Kim during an exhibition organized for the 30th anniversary of the reestablishment of ties between both countries.
The US diplomat said that the US is happily expecting the day when Albania becomes a member of the European Union.
“It was a pleasure seeing the exhibition on display today, to see how we established our diplomatic relations, how we reopened the embassy, how we supported each other, in some very difficult moments, and we have been so happy to welcome Albania in NATO and we are looking forward to the day when you will become full members of the European Union,” – stated ambassador Kim.
“In the last 30 years, the American people have provided Albania with over 1.1 Billion dollars in aids, which we have used to tackle our democratic challenges, our security and the business sector,” – said the ambassador.
The American diplomat also stated that the mutual investment of both countries continues to be satisfactory. She valued Albania’s leadership during the presidency of the OSCE/ODHIR while adding that without a doubt, in the following years, the collaboration between our countries will continue to be strong.
After ambassador Kim, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Olta Xhacka also made a friendly statement, during which she valued the contribution of the US during the last 30 difficult years of the Albanian transition.
“The truth is that, in every single moment of the past 30 years, the US has been there for us, has supported us, helped us and played a primary role in transforming Albania, which today, even though it’s facing many problems and challenges, it looks nothing like the country first visited by James Baker in 1991,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Olta Xhaçka.