On the Occasion of Albania's National Day

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
November 26, 2012

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Albania as you celebrate your Independence Day this November 28th.

Since the establishment of a democratic republic, Albania has made great strides forward. Today, Albania stands ready to consolidate those gains and integrate into a Europe that is whole, free, and at peace. But this requires passing the remaining reforms now, and conducting free and transparent parliamentary elections this coming spring, further strengthening and modernizing Albania’s democracy so it responds to the needs of the Albanian people.

As you celebrate with family and loved ones, know that the United States is a partner and friend. We look forward to a future of continued friendship and collaboration.

PRN: 2012/1849