German Chancellor Merkel on brief first visit to Malta
Jan 10, 2011, 15:10 GMT
Valletta - German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Malta on Monday for a brief first visit that would include talks on European politics and the state of the euro.
Merkel is to meet Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi and President George Abela in Valletta. In addition to discussing bilateral issues, the two sides would also talk about the euro currency, which Malta adopted in 2008.
On Sunday, Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates dismissed speculation that Portugal would become the next country to seek a European rescue deal.
The debt crisis forced the euro to its lowest level in four months at the start of trade this week.
Two years ago, Merkel promised Malta - the smallest European Union member - support in dealing with the problems it faces in dealing with African refugees.
The German chancellor is to travel from Malta across the Mediterranean to the divided island of Cyprus on Tuesday.
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