By Harry Bajraktari
Albanian political leaders in the Balkans should not take sides in the US presidential election. They should leave it to the American people to make that judgment and should not offer endorsements which don’t carry much weight anyway. Most Albanian-Americans know and have decided whom to vote.
They should simply state that they would cooperate closely with the United States no matter who is elected President on November 3rd.
This is how true friends and allies behave. All over Europe, in Japan, Canada, Australia, wherever there are friends and allies of the United States, leaders have refrained from commenting. It is a matter of decency.
The friendship with the United States is sacred to the Albanian nation. Albania and Kosova have a special relationship with America. Albanians everywhere in their autochthonous lands depend on the American influence in their just fight for human rights and dignity.
This relationship is not a matter of political leaders or political parties. It will not change under a second Trump or first Biden Administration. Albania, Kosova, and Albanians in general should declare that they would support and respect any decision of the American people; and that they would work with any of the two candidates for President.
This is also what the United States of America does whenever there are elections in Albania, Kosova, or any of the neighboring countries where Albanians live.
I expect from our leaders to concentrate instead in solving the problems in their respective countries. From Tirana, to Prishtina, to Tetova e Shkup, to Ulqin, Tuz, Presheva etc, there is plenty of work to do. Instead of worrying about who wins in America, best spend the time focused on what to do about corruption, democracy, jobs and economy, cultural preservation, and securing our borders.
The best way for our leaders in the Balkans to help America is not telling Americans how to vote, but improving their own countries, so that America has better and stronger allies in the world.
Harry Bajraktari is founder and publisher of Illyria newspaper (1991-1998), an Albanian-American community leader, philanthropist and recipient of many awards, including the Honor of the Nation Order by the President of Albania, Kosova’s Presidential Medal for Merits & the White House Presidential Call to Service Award.