TIRANA, September 21 – The US Embassy has said that they believe that functional democratic institutions, including an opposition, are vital for any healthy democracy. This statement was made on Thursday against the background of the clashes in the Democratic Party (DP) for the head of its parliamentary group.
The embassy said that it is not its role to choose who leads the political parties in Albania, but added that they have not changed their position regarding individuals declared non-grata in Albania.
“We have not changed our position regarding declared individuals (non-grata) in Albania and we encourage all actors to carefully examine their engagements with such figures,” said the post of the US Embassy on social networks on Thursday.
In the meantime the Embassy said that the United States meets regularly with parliamentary committees regarding key legislation, such as the one for the Ombudsman, which plays an important role in justice reform. “It is not the role of the embassy to choose who leads the political parties in Albania,” it was said.
Although no name was mentioned, it is believed that the US Embassy referred to the veteran leader of the DP, Sali Berisha, designated as non-grata by the US State Department, a decision rejected by Berisha. /argumentum.al