From the Qafe Thana border crossing, US Ambassador to Tirana Yuri Kim said US assistance is making the Western Balkans more secure, more democratic and more business-friendly. Present at the ceremony of donating equipment from USAID to the customs authorities, Ambassador Kim said that she supports the integration of Albania and Northern Macedonia.
“I am here to highlight how US assistance is making the Western Balkans more secure, more democratic and more business-friendly. Not so long ago borders were like walls, especially in this region, under the pretext of national security dividing people, hindering trade, mutual trust.
While today we stand on a border that is not only safer, but aims to bring people closer and advance integration peace and prosperity. Today, Albania and Northern Macedonia are on the verge of EU membership, and the US supports this goal.
“The equipment purchased by USAID will ensure that customs authorities meet the highest standards in border procedures, business facilitation and security controls,” said Ambassador Kim.