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In pictures: Bush in Georgia
US President George W Bush (right) and Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili wave to the crowd in Freedom Square, 10 May 2005
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US President George W Bush has received a warm welcome in Georgia, the last stop in his tour of former Soviet republics.
US President George W Bush and First Lady Laura on stage in Tbilisi's Freedom Square
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Mr Bush's visit to Tbilisi is the first by a US leader, and Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili said he was a "treasured guest".
Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, left, and US President George Bush, right
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Observers say Mr Bush's visit is a show of support for Mr Saakashvili, who came to power in the "Rose Revolution" in 2003 which ousted Eduard Shevardnadze.
Georgians wave US flags
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Many Georgians feel the president's visit has put their country on the map, correspondents say.
Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, left, and US President George Bush, right, watch traditional Georgian dancing
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During Mr Bush's overnight stay, the two leaders watched a lively open-air concert of Georgian folk music and dance.
A firework display in front of Metekhi church in Tbilisi
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There was a spectacular firework display in Tbilisi's historic town centre.
George W Bush and wife Laura stand with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili and his wife Sandra Roelofs
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First Lady Laura Bush said: "We really got to have fun. The dancing was unbelievable."



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