The citizens of Albania today celebrated their National Day.
Albania is a parliamentary democracy with a transition economy. Free-market reforms have opened the country to foreign investment, especially in the development of energy and transportation infrastructure, according to Wikipedia.
US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking in Washington, DC, extended the congratulations of President Obama and the people of the United States, to the people of Albania.
Ms. Clinton stressed that the United States and Albania share a long history of friendship and cooperation. She said both countries are strengthening their partnership as they work side by side in NATO and encourage stability in the region and around the world.
She noted that United States supports Albania’s integration into the European Union. She said the U.S. government is encouraging Albania’s political leadership to work together to ensure their country moves forward. She added that the Albanian people want a transparent government, accountable leadership, and strong democratic institutions that will help build a prosperous and secure future.
She emphasized that the United States will continue to stand firmly with the people of Albania as they work together to achieve these goals.
“As you celebrate this special day, know that the United States is a partner and friend. I wish all the people of Albania the very best and look forward to deepening our partnership in the years to come.” -Ms. Clinton
Albania was chosen as the No.1 Destination in Lonely Planet’s list of ten top countries to visit for 2011.