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In pictures: Bush's visit to Albania

US President George W Bush and his wife, Laura, talk to children dressed in Albanian national costumes in Tirana

President George W Bush has made a historic visit to Albania - the first by a serving American leader.

Albanians wearing 'Uncle Sam' hats wait to cheer President Bush in Tirana

Mr Bush received a hero's welcome in the capital Tirana, where thousands gathered to welcome him.

Albanians with a poster wait to greet President Bush

Some residents of the small Balkan nation even described the US leader as God's messenger.

A boy wears an 'Uncle Sam' hat in Tirana

It seemed that everyone in Tirana - politicians and the public - wanted to celebrate Mr Bush's arrival.

US President George W Bush (left) and Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha

Albania is a close ally in Mr Bush's "war on terror" and hopes the visit will lift its ties with the US and Nato.

President Bush speaks at a news conference in Tirana

Mr Bush again backed the UN plan for Kosovo's independence, saying the time had come to act.

Mr Bush waives from the presidential car to Albanians in Tirana

Mr Bush paid tribute to Albania, calling it a nation that had "known tyranny" and overcome it.

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