‘Official friends’ from the USA pay a visit

US Senator Dick Durbin (l) is seen speaking to Premier Costas Karamanlis in Athens yesterday as Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, a Greek American, looks on. Both from Illinois, the state that US President Barack Obama represented, the pair comprise the first US delegation to visit Greece since Obama’s inauguration. Durbin said they are not here as official representatives of the administration but as ‘official friends of the president.’