US envoy arrives in Tirana today / Meetings with Rama and Basha, Meta out of agenda
The US envoy for the Western Balkans, Gabriel Escobar, will hold a meeting today with Prime Minister Edi Rama and the chairman of the Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha.
According to the information, the meeting between him and Basha will take place in the morning around 11:30. Escobar will then meet with Foreign Minister Olta Xhaçka around 14: 30-15: 00. Whereas, the meeting with the Prime Minister Edi Rama will take place around 17:00.
The President of the Republic Ilir Meta is not included in the agenda of the senior American official. The reasons are not known whether they are related to the fact that the Embassy in Tirana has deliberately avoided a meeting in the Presidency, or this links to Meta's task and the reasons for Escobar's visit that have nothing to do with it.
Escobar's visit to Tirana comes just two days before the Assembly convened by Sali Berisha, who has been declared "non-grata" by the US for corruption and undermining democracy. Just two days ago, the US embassy said its visit is to also confirm the United States' determination to fight corruption, impunity and efforts to undermine democracy in the Western Balkans.