On the Occasion of Albania's National Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
November 25, 2015

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Albania as you celebrate your 103rd Independence Day on November 28.

Since President Woodrow Wilson’s support for Albanian independence at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, our two countries have worked together productively to forge an enduring friendship based on shared values and mutual respect. As a NATO member and mentor to Balkan countries aspiring to membership, Albania plays a vital role in promoting peace and stability in the region and around the world. The United States greatly appreciates Albania’s contributions to global security, from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Ukraine to countering violent extremism and the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL.

The United States is committed to supporting Albania as it undertakes the reforms necessary to achieve its Euro-Atlantic aspirations. I commend your efforts to accede to the European Union and look forward to continued progress on the path toward full Euro-Atlantic integration.

As you celebrate with family and friends, the United States wishes you a joyous celebration. We look forward to continuing our close partnership for progress, prosperity, and peace in years to come.