On May 12, 2016 Ambassador Margaret Uyehara met with the new mayor of Ulcinj, Mr. Nazif Cungu. Ambassador Uyehara congratulated the mayor on his appointment and expressed the Embassy’s support for development in Ulcinj. The Ambassador also met the Speaker of the Local Parliament, Loro Nrekiq, and other officials. The Mayor and the Ambassador discussed the potential of Ulcinj and the need for major investments, including from the United States. Ambassador Uyehara expressed her concern about the Ulcinj Salina and encouraged the mayor and his staff to work on preserving it as a salt factory and bird oasis.
Ambassador Uyehara also participated in an Award Ceremony for Peer Educators who have been part of the NGO New Horizon project titled “Local Partnership Against Drug Abuse and Juvenile Delinquency.” A total of 24 children graduated from this three-month long training to become peer mentors on the negative consequences of drug use. As part of this project, which is funded by the U.S. Embassy, the NGO also promoted a short guide titled “Children in Conflict with the Law”, which provides information on the role that different institutions have when facing juvenile delinquency.
Ambassador Uyehara concluded her visit in Ulcinj with a visit to the Old Town.