Why did Yuri Kim leave the activity when Ilir Beqja spoke? Diplomatic sources say the ambassador fled in protest
The consultative meeting of the Ministry of Interior with donors also served to introduce Ilir Beqja as the head of the new Agency that will deal with the management of aid to Albania by donors.
US Ambassador Yuri Kim was also present at the meeting. But she left the hall a few seconds after Beqja started his speech. The ambassador was seen closing the file and got up from the chair leaving the meeting, followed by the glances of the EU ambassador and some representatives at the meeting.
Asked about the reason for this action, a diplomatic source told the newspaper DITA that the ambassador felt "trapped".
Apparently, it was thought that the presentation of Beqja in such a meeting, would be a public confirmation of the agreement of the American embassy with this appointment, where millions of euros of aid are managed.
In fact, neither the presentation in the new post of Ilir Beqja nor his speech were on the preliminary agenda of the meeting. The ambassador was seen checking the file in front of her, at the moment when the organizers gave the floor to Beqaj, introducing him as the new director of the newly established Agency.
Beqja has at least two open investigations in the SPAK, an institution that the ambassador constantly encourages to investigate high-level corruption. The out-of-agenda presentation of the problematic former minister took place on the very day when the ambassador gave strong anti-corruption messages to politicians.
The DITA source commented on this as a "trap", in response to which the diplomat reacted by leaving demonstratively.
After her departure, she no longer focused on directing at any point, her chair empty. Even at the end of the meeting, only the donors and not the guest panel, where the ambassador was sitting, appeared on the large plan that focuses the cameras.
Taken from Gazeta Dita and confirmed the veracity of the news