Statement by the U.S. Embassy on the anniversary of the earthquake that struck Albania in 2019
November 26 marks one year since an earthquake struck Albania. The United States stands in solidarity with the Albanian people as you mark this solemn anniversary. Throughout the past year, Albania has shown tremendous resilience, not only to rebuild itself, but also to cope with a global pandemic. The United States has been with you every step of the way and we will continue to do so.
Immediately after the earthquake, U.S. officials and experts assisted with search and rescue efforts and assessed the structural integrity of homes and businesses in affected areas. Then, in response to the dire humanitarian need, USAID worked with the Albanian Red Cross to distribute emergency supplies and UNICEF to provide psychosocial support services to children who suffered loss and displacement.
In the months that followed, the United States has accompanied you as you look to the future. To strengthen Albania’s ability to respond to future disasters, the United States European Command (EUCOM) helped replenish depleted stocks and provided critical disaster equipment. USAID funded the Albanian Red Cross to create an emergency operations center that streamlines crisis response and coordination. In recognition of Albania’s unique historical heritage, we awarded a grant to restore and conserve damaged cultural sites in the city of Durres, the city of Kruje and the village of Preze. To ensure accountability to the Albanian people, in February we announced the establishment of the American-Albanian Academy of Transparency to provide technical assistance in transparent governance, citizen-responsive governance, anti-anti-corruption training. corruption and judicial reform. The Academy will soon begin its important work here in Albania.
Today is also American Thanksgiving, a day to reflect on the things for which we are grateful. All of us at the American Embassy are grateful for the friendship between our two nations and the many bridges between our two peoples. Together, we will continue to rebuild Albania, remain resilient in the face of adversity and move forward towards a more secure and prosperous future. Albania is on our minds today.