Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership between Albania and the USA

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Ditmir Bushati and the Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Mrs. Victoria Nuland signed the Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership between the Republic of Albania and the United States of America on April 22nd, 2015. This document constitutes the cornerstone of cooperation and coordination between Albania and the U.S. and focuses on the partnership between the two countries in three spheres: partnership on global issues; partnership on regional issues and partnership on the bilateral agenda - political dialogue, security, strengthening the rule of law in Albania, economic development, energy security and educational and cultural exchanges.

The Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership puts bilateral relations between Albania and the U.S. at an advanced stage and thoroughly instrumentalizes bilateral cooperation and coordination. It reflects the partnership and embodies the cooperation between our two countries, with a concrete and comprehensive calendar.

In her speech at the signing of the Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership Ms. Nuland said: "Today is a historic day for our relationship with the signing of this document will enable the deepening of bilateral cooperation in strategic sectors. The United States strongly supports Albania on the path of democratic state-building and consolidation of the rule of law. We have faced huge challenges together and have proven that ‘a friend in need is a friend indeed’  ".

Minister Bushati stated that "I'm glad that Albania and the United States are signing today the Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership; partnership with the U.S. is an essential factor towards democratic consolidation and economic prosperity of my country. We are grateful to the U.S. for its continued support to reforms undertaken by the Albanian government on our path towards European integration. Thanks to the American support, Albania has played a dynamic and constructive role in the Western Balkans. Now, we will enhance our cooperation in strategic sectors and through the signing of this document today, we are taking our relations to another level."

         

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