The Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Olta Xhaçka, stated on Tuesday that the Judicial Reform would have been many times more difficult without the support of the USA.
Xhaçka stressed that "the relationship with the United States is one of the pillars not only of diplomacy, but also of our country's security and reform policies." "This is a very important date for our countries, but this is a very important date at a human level, not only for me, but for tens of thousands of Albanians," said Xhaçka.
"I am convinced that the relationship between our countries is what it is, as strong and consolidated one, because it is built on the foundations of human ties that exist between us. It is not a relationship built on the strategic interests of one moment or the geopolitical conventions of another. It is a relationship between two peoples that unite the values, principles and countless threads of family and human ties ", said Xhaçka.
"The history of the last 30 years has shown best, with facts and evidence, how vital the friendship with the United States has been for Albania and Albanians. Every Albanian can ask himself a few simple questions to understand this: What would the history of the Albanian transition have been like without US support? How would have been the Albanians in the region today without US support? "How would our region be today, consumed by conflicts, dictatorship and violence for so long, without US intervention?", said Minister Xhaçka.
"The truth is that in every moment of the last 30 years, the United States has been there for us, supporting us, helping us and playing a key role in the transformation of Albania, which today, although with many problems and challenges have very little in common with the place that James Baker visited in 1991," she said.
"In fact, not only the defense, but the entire democratic transformation of Albania and its path towards membership in the European Union owes a lot to American support. Justice reform would have been many times more difficult without this support. It is enough to see the resistance that the anti-reform front has made to it, it is enough to see how this front fights even today, seeing the elections of April 25 as the last opportunity to undo the justice reform, to understand how vital this help has been ", highlighted Xhaçka.