As part of an ongoing effort in enhancing Special Operations Forces capabilities as a keystone for regional stability, US Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR) has made the decision to locate a forward-based SOF headquarters, on a rotational basis, in Albania.
"The location of the forward HQ in Albania will provide increased interoperability with our Albanian allies, important access to transportation hubs in the Balkans and greater logistical flexibility," said a press release issued by U.S. SOCEUR on Thursday.
Albania remains a strong NATO ally and the US enjoys a strong relationship with the Albanian government and Ministry of Defense, which makes the placement of a for-ward HQ in the allied nation a natural fit. Plus, this location greatly reduces travel times and increases flexibility of both special operations and conventional forces in the region. This would not be possible without the tremendous support of the Albanian government and the professionalism of the Albanian military.
“The ability to rapidly move and train within the Balkans, in close coordination with other allied and partner forces, made Albania the best location for this effort,” said Major General David H. Tabor, Commander of
Special Operations Command Europe. “Albania remains an important NATO Ally and a valued security partner, both regionally and globally.”
SOCEUR plays an important role in demonstrating US commitment to its allies and partners in the Balkans and this effort is being conducted with the full support of the Albanian government and remains a tribute to the professionalism of the Albanian military. Through ongoing training and close cooperation, US SOF provides an important link between our allies and partners in the region, thereby enhancing regional stability.
"SOCEUR is uniquely postured to galvanize our relationship with Allies and partners to counter malign influence, build interoperability, rapidly respond to emerging threats and if necessary, defeat aggression," concluded the press release.
In the meantime the US Ambassador to Tirana, Yuri Kim wrote on Twitter that Albania remains a strong NATO ally and the US enjoys a strong relationship with the Albanian government and Ministry of Defense, which makes the placement of a forward HQ in the allied nation a natural fit.
In a reaction on this development PM Edi Rama called it a fantastic news revealing that they had been working on the project since long. He took the opportunity to thank Ambassador Kim for facilitating this interaction. / Argumentum.al