Thursday, May 1, 2014

US: Extremism, a regional problem

US: Extremism, a regional problem
A few months before the decision for Albania’s European Union candidate status, which will be taken in June, the Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of State, Willian Burns, held a meeting with the Albanian Foreign Minister at the United States Department of State.

The meeting is being held while Albania is lacking votes from several European Union countries for the status. In this context, the message takes a new significance.

The meeting is held also in a time when the United States Department of State published the report on terrorism for 2013, in which they consider as a serious case the people who leave our region to fight in Syria. Burns encouraged the steps taken by the Albanian government in this direction, and the regional cooperation against this phenomenon.

Bushati received from the State Department good evaluations for Albania’s engagement with the United States in a series of international challenges, and valued the Albanian stances on Ukraine, and the sending of observers in this country.

The United States of America also confirmed the support for the building of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline, which will bring gas to Europe from Azerbaijan, especially now that the Ukraine crisis showed the need of diversifying the natural gas options.

The United States confirmed the support on Albania in this first meeting of this level after the negotiations for the chemical weapons. The Head of the Albanian diplomacy met with the United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, and Vice President Joe Biden, during the Conference of the Atlantic Council In Washington D.C.

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