US Ambassador Yuri Kim has issued a strong message to the leaders of Albanian political parties urging them to give up the old customs of the communist system.
In her message posted on Twitter, the American diplomat talks about difficult but necessary changes that according to her, Albanian politicians from all sides should make "the next generation has a better future".
"Thirty years after the end of the communist dictatorship, Albanian leaders on all sides must seize the opportunity to give up the bad habits of the past, to make difficult but necessary changes, so that the next generation can have a better future.
Ambassador Kim's statement comes after a meeting she had with Deputy Prime Minister Arben Ahmetaj, with whom she said she shared the views of the United States on a range of issues, from property issues, justice reform, the fight against corruption, or even democracy and business.
FULL POST OF US AMBASSADOR YURI KIM
"I met with the new Deputy Prime Minister Arben Ahmetaj to emphasize the US desire for a strong partnership with Albania on democracy, defense and business. I also underlined that the US takes the issue of corruption very seriously as part of our national interest. We call on the government to take real action so that Albania is fairer, stronger and richer.
We discussed the importance of resolving property rights, including the digitization of registers to counter unlawful interference; implementing justice reform so that citizens and investors rely on clean courts; addressing money laundering and other concerns described by the FATF.
Thirty years after the end of the communist dictatorship, Albanian leaders on all sides must seize the opportunity to give up the bad habits of the past, to make difficult but necessary changes, so that the next generation can have a better future.
If not now, when?
The US will continue to be with you in full support," writes Kim.