TOP Analysis, Prognoses and News about Greek - Albanian Relations and the Region.
Thursday, May 1, 2014
US: Extremism, a regional problem 01/05/2014
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.
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.
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.
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.