PM Rama and MFA Xhacka travel to USA for the UN Security Council meeting presided for the first time by Albania

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Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama, and the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Olta Xhaçka, are leaving today for the United States of America as part of Albania’s UN Security Council Presidency (June 1 – June 30, 2022).

As one of the priorities of our country in the Security Council, which has been highlighted even more owing to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, Prime Minister Rama will lead the open high-level debate of the Security Council on international accountability on the morning of June 2. To successfully bring to justice those who violate international law, whether they do so as governments or as individuals, calls on the close cooperation of all nations that cherish peace, beginning with those who sit on the Security Council.

The debate, presided over by Rama, marked the start of the Albanian Presidency’s work plan in the Security Council.

This is the first time during its two-year term in the Council that Albania has held the SC presidency. Albania will assume the presidency next year, just a few months before its mandate expires in October 2023. This presidency’s work agenda integrates Albania’s Security Council priorities with the most important developments in international security, such as the conflict in Ukraine.

The Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs will meet with the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, as well as the US Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, during their stay in New York, as part of the co-ownership agreement that Albania and the United States have with Ukraine. The United States held the presidency of the Security Council in May.