Escobar's visit to Tirana reconfirmed the US focus in the fight against corruption and impunity

The US Embassy in Tirana has reacted on the visit of US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs and Special Envoy for the Western Balkans, Gabriel Escobar.

The latter visited Albania on December 9, where he met with Prime Minister Edi Rama, Foreign Minister Olta Xhaçka, Democratic Party Chairman Lulzim Basha and other leaders.

The US Embassy stressed in a Facebook post that during his meetings, Deputy Assistant Secretary Escobar thanked Albania for its strong partnership with the United States and reaffirmed the strong US support for Albania's EU membership. He noted the United States' focus on fighting corruption, impunity and efforts to undermine democracy in the Western Balkans.

Escobar welcomed the further strengthening of US-Albania relations, the defense cooperation as NATO allies, and the creation of more opportunities for trade and investment.

Escobar also welcomed the joint work between the United States and Albania on regional and global integration - especially when both countries will serve at the United Nations Security Council.

Albania starts its two- year mandate as non- permanent member of Security Council on January 1, 2022.