US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper has sent a letter to Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Olta Xhaçka on behalf of the US Department of Defense, congratulating her on her new assignment. Cooper praises Xhacka's contribution as Secretary of Defense in US-Albania relations.
She emphasizes that the leadership of Minister Xhaçka has made it possible for the Albanian Armed Forces to make substantial progress for modernization. She underlines that the US Department of Defense deeply appreciates Xhacka's unwavering support for defense cooperation between the United States and Albania for more than three years as Secretary of Defense adding that her leadership has made possible the progress in the modernization of the Albanian Armed Forces.
"You have skillfully run your institution through unexpected challenges from the earthquake to COVID-19 while serving as a leader in the region through the running of the Albania-US Adriatic Charter. We deeply appreciate your steadfast and exemplary commitment to advancing the service of the Albanian Armed Forces side by side with the US and other NATO allies in cooperative operations such as Supporting the Resolution in the Afghanistan Mission. The US Department of Defense wishes you every success in your new task," US Assistant Secretary of Defense Cooper wrote in her letter.