US State Dept: All Parties Need to Participate in Elections

In its first official reaction to the Albanian political situation, the US State Department has stressed that the Albanian elections need to be held with the participation of all political parties.

The press office Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Ambassador Thomas Shannon, who is temporarily filing the position of Deputy Secretary of State, released a short statement after his meeting with Albanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ditmir Bushati.

Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, met today with Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati to address common interests in our bilateral relationship and the region. The Under Secretary reaffirmed the close partnership between the United States and Albania, our strong support for Albania’s judicial reform efforts, and our shared commitment to democratic values, the rule of law, and respect for human rights. Ambassador Shannon also emphasized the importance of all political parties in Albania participating in the upcoming parliamentary elections.