Albania and the United States: An Endearing and Enduring Friendship

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The Vermont Council for World Affairs (VCWA) welcomes the Albanian Ambassador Floreta Faber to Vermont. Ambassador Faber speaks about the friendship and partnership between Albania and the United States. Opportunities to deepen that friendship are discussed, including tourism, trade, educational and cultural exchanges, development assistance, and the Peace Corps.

In 1919 the United States supported Albanian independence from the Ottoman Empire. To this day, President Woodrow Wilson is remembered and honored for standing-up against the proposed partition of Albania. Although relations soured in 1945 with the emergence of a Communist regime, diplomatic relations were re-established in 1991. The United States has supported Albania's transition to a democracy and market-oriented economy.

Today, Albania is a NATO member and an active supporter of U.S. anti-terrorism efforts. Albanian immigrants first arrived in the U.S. more than a century ago, settling mostly in the Boston area. Albanians now live in communities across the country, including Burlington. Pro-American sentiment is strong and widespread among the Albanian population.

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