A tiny Albanian village unveiled a statue in honour of George W. Bush, in a square also named after him on Wednesday.
The 2.85m bronze sculpture, which was adorned with American and Albanian flags, was unwrapped on the day of the former president’s 65th birthday.
He had visited the village in 2007, while on the first visit by a US President to post-communist Albania.
Albania has affection for the United States, as they credit the superpower with ending their country’s Cold War isolation, and leading NATO’s 1999 bombing offensive that halted ethnic cleansing of Kosovo Albanians by Serbian troops.
Washington also supported Albania’s bid to join NATO, which was accepted into the military alliance in 2009. The country is now hoping to join the European Union.