Remarks
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
April 25, 2012


SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, it is an honor to welcome the prime minister of Albania here to the State Department. The prime minister and his country have been strong partners with the United States in NATO as part of our mission in Afghanistan, and we have a broad and deep relationship that we highly value. I’m looking forward to discussing with Prime Minister Berisha a lot of the issues that we’re working on bilaterally, regionally, and globally.

So Prime Minister, welcome.

PRIME MINISTER BERISHA: I’m very thankful and very happy to be here to meet Secretary Clinton. She’s a great friend of my country and my nation. And definitely I will confess you, one of the purpose of this meeting is to convince to have her in our 100th anniversary of our independency. United States has played a very crucial role in all our most difficult moments of our history, so every Albanian will be proud and happy.

As always, we will discuss many matters of great bilateral interest. Albania has the great privilege to be supported from this great country, from President Obama’s Administration, from Secretary Clinton, in all its efforts to build a market-based democracy.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you so much, sir.

PRIME MINISTER BERISHA: Thank you.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you, all.

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PRN: 2012/640