Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ditmir Bushati continued the official visit to USA
with a series of meetings in the State Department and Pentagon. He met with
Deputy Secretary of State, Thomas Shanon and Under Secretary of Defense for
Policy, Theresa Whelan.
a meeting with Deputy Secretary of State, Shanon interlocutors addressed the
strengthening of the cooperation between the two countries within the strategic
partnership, as well as the increase of interaction in facing common challenges
such as the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.
Bushati introduced the US Deputy Secretary of State with the domestic
developments, focusing on the reforms undertaken by the Albanian government,
mainly the justice reform and the efforts for vetting law implementation.
Secretary of State, Shanon reconfirmed the close partnership between the two
countries, while underlining the United States' strong support for the
implementation of the justice reform as well as the joint commitment in defense
of the values of democracy, the rule of law and human rights.
Bushati thanked Deputy Secretary of State for the continued support of the
United States for Albania and the region, in strengthening peace, democratic
stability and state-consolidation reforms.
this context the US high rank official called on all political parties in
Albania to participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
dwelt also on the latest developments in the region, Albania's constructive
role in strengthening regional cooperation, and the importance of country's
contribution in improving the safety environment in South East Europe.