The Secretary of State is publicly designating Albanian Mayor of Durres Vangjush Dako under Section 7031(c) of the FY 2019 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, due to his involvement in significant corruption. Section 7031(c) provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible information that foreign officials have been involved in significant corruption or a gross violation of human rights, those individuals and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States.
The law also requires the Secretary of State to publicly or privately designate such officials and their family members. In addition to the designation of Mr. Dako, the Department is also publicly designating Mr. Dako’s spouse, Alba Dako, his son, Xhulio Dako, and his daughter, Kejsi Dako.
Today’s action sends a strong signal that the United States is committed to fighting corruption around the world.
For more information, please contact INL-PAPD@state.gov.