On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate the government and people of Albania and wish you a joyous celebration for your 111th Independence Day.

The United States is proud to work with you as NATO Allies and partners committed to strengthening Albania’s justice reform efforts, furthering our cooperation on cyber security, and continuing in our steadfast support for Ukraine in the face of Russia’s war of aggression.  We thank you for your generous and open-hearted welcome of Afghans and strongly support your full integration into the Euro-Atlantic community, especially through progress on rule of law reforms and towards accession to the European Union.

Albania’s recent election to the UN Human Rights Council is a mark of international respect for the strong progress your nation has made in recent decades, and a recognition of its exemplary service in 2015-2017.  We are proud to serve alongside Albania and look forward to working together to promote and protect human rights worldwide.

The ties between our nations, based on shared values, culture, and friendship remain firm.  May our work together continue to prosper.

U.S. Department of State

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