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The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who traveled to Tirana, shows a strong political will to bolster diplomatic ties.
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US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, Strengthens Ties with Albania Amidst Ukraine Crisis 

On Thursday, Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, arrived in Albania to strengthen the relations with an important Balkan partner and a friend in supporting Ukraine’s fight against Russia’s full-scale invasion. 

Focus on Western Balkans’ Future and EU Integration 

The meeting with Blinken is expected to be attended by top officials and will deal with the future of the Western Balkans as Albania and a number of its neighbors strive to join the European Union, according to senior US officials. Washington has heavily backed the integration of Albania into the EU, as reported by Associated Press. 

“As a NATO ally and partner, the US supports Albania’s full integration into the Euro-Atlantic community and its pursuit of a more transparent democracy and economy,” State Department spokesman Matthew Miller wrote on X, formerly Twitter. 

Albania’s Key Role in International Diplomacy 

The US cherished Albanian leadership in the former war-torn region and their recent role on the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member. The NATO member of Albania is known to have regularly put small army units into international missions of peacekeeping and NATO operations. 

Hosting of an international summit on Ukraine by Albania this month is scheduled, with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine being in attendance, as reported by Associated Press. 

Blinken’s visit could be used to address a variety of sore points between Kosovo and Serbia. As the EU has acted as a facilitator to boost the normalization of their mutual ties, the process has advanced with extreme slowness, and sporadic clashes of violence have contributed to the worry of instability among people. The United States and EU made statements about Kosovo’s last outlawing the dinar from being used as currency in the Serb-majority municipalities. 

Acknowledging Albania’s Role in Afghanistan 

Blinken will allow Albania’s part in the affairs in Afghanistan after the Taliban overtook power in August 2021 when the US and NATO troops pulled out from the country. Albania was the first state to announce that it would take in about 3,200 refugees who were fleeing Afghanistan, and then they moved to the US for their permanent resettlement. 

Blinken is anticipated to meet a few of the few Afghans who are left in Albania, , as reported by Associated Press. 

Blinken will head to Germany for the Munich Security Conference after spending a day in the nation’s capital, Tirana

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