Blinken shares messages after Tirana visit: We discussed fighting corruption

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United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken shared details regarding his visit to Tirana on February 15, through a social media post, expressing that Albania remains a longstanding partner of the United States and a NATO ally.

Blinken appreciated Albania’s assistance to the Afghan people, emphasizing that this demonstrates the humanitarianism and tradition of the Albanian people to shelter those in need.

“Last week I took my first trip as Secretary to Albania, a longstanding U.S. partner and NATO ally, and then joined Vice President [Kamala] Harris at the Munich Security Conference. In Albania, I discussed our support for its path to EU succession, as well as fighting corruption and organized crime, with President Bajram Begaj and Prime Minister Edi Rama,” wrote Blinken.

The Secretary of State also emphasized that he met with the United States embassy team in Tirana, which works every day on the key priorities of foreign policy, including the resettlement of thousands of Afghan allies.

“Albania’s assistance in this effort embodies its humanity and deep-rooted tradition of taking care of and giving refuge to those in need,” stated Blinken.

“In Munich, I engaged with global leaders to underscore our support for Ukraine, discuss our work to achieve lasting peace and security in the Middle East, and highlight our steadfast commitment to transatlantic security,” continued Blinken.

“I joined German Foreign Minister [Annalena] Baerbock and Indian Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar for a public forum where we addressed ongoing threats to global peace and security. And at a Foreign Ministers Meeting on the sidelines of the conference, my G7 counterparts and I strongly condemned Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. We left stronger and more united to meet the challenges of today,” Blinken wrote on Instagram.

It was Antony Blinken’s first visit to Albania and the sixth of a U.S. Secretary of State. In 1991, Albania was visited by James Baker, Madeleine Albright in 2000, Colin Powell in 2003, Hillary Clinton in 2012, and John Kerry in 2016.

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