US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer has fully supported Ambassador Yuri Kim's statements about credible candidates in the April 25 election.
"What Yuri Kim said is important. Those running must be credible. Yuri Kim has been clear in her statements. "It is important that transparent elections take place," he said.
"It is the responsibility of leaders to give Albanians the opportunity on April 25," Palmer said, adding that there has been progress in Albania in justice reform, but there is still a lot of work to be done."
Among other things, he said that SPAK has made a lot of progress so far and is working to further establish this structure.
US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Matthew Palmer told reporters details of the meeting with Prime Minister Edi Rama, PD leader Lulzim Basha and President Ilir Meta.
While describing the talks with Rama, Meta and Basha as good, Palmer said that he has received assurances from all political parties on running free democratic elections.
"I had good talks with the President and the Prime Minister. I appreciate the efforts made in the Justice Reform. They gave me guarantees for elections according to democratic standards. I also talked to the leader of the Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha. Albanians should be assured to have confidence in the result. The United States is committed to being a strong partner for Albania. We are committed to Albania's Euro-Atlantic future," Palmer said.
As regards Albania's opting for the Russian and Chinese vaccines, Palmer stated that it is up to governments to decide, we do not interfere in internal affairs.
He stressed that Albania is trying to develop the vaccination process regardless of where the vaccines come from.
"It is up to governments to decide in relation to vaccines that are accessible and the need to protect the health of citizens. Some vaccines can be "diplomatic" or "suspicious." We do not interfere in the domestic politics of countries. We have helped and will help Albania access vaccines through the COVAX mechanism "said Palmer.