From: Exit Staff
New US Ambassador to Albania Yuri Kim Sworn In

Yuri Kim was sworn in as the US Ambassador to Albania during a ceremony at the State Department on Thursday. She is expected to take over her new job in Tirana in the coming weeks.

She was confirmed by the US Senate in December, following her nomination earlier last year by President Trump. Ms Kim appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in October, where she presented her priorities as the new ambassador to Albania:

– Encourage Albania to reach its 2% [of GDP] defense investment pledge by 2024

– Promote Albania’s development as a democratic nation.

– Work to promote US exports and US investment in Albania […]

Ms Kim has worked for the State Department Foreign Services officer for more than 20 years. She served as Director of the Office of Southern European Affairs until recently.

The US Embassy in Albania has been operating without an ambassador since the departure of Ambassador Donald Lu in May 2018.