The Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Olta Xhaçka was received in a special meeting by the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres.
Albania's candidacy for a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and our country's contribution to UN peacekeeping missions were the main topics of the meeting held at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
Mr. Guterres praised the observance and implementation of Resolution 1325 as well as the role and dignified representation of Albania in all UN missions, such as the one in South Sudan, where our country has been contributing through the Armed Forces for two years.
Minister Xhaçka has confirmed that Albania's commitment will continue and will be extended to other levels and areas under the UN umbrella. She presented to the UN Secretary General, Albania's priorities at the highest political decision-making table in the world, where our country is expected to sit in January 2022, after the vote of the UN General Assembly this Friday.
"We will work closely together to further our common priorities. Congratulations to the Secretary General in his re-election for a second term," said Minister Xhaçka after the meeting.
On June 11, the UN General Assembly will vote on 5 new non-permanent members: Albania, Gabon, Ghana, Brazil and the United Arab Emirates. Albania is a consensual candidate of the group of Eastern European countries.