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Madonna with Malawian President Peter Mutharika. (AP)

Madonna with Malawian President Peter Mutharika. (AP)

Madonna with Malawian President Peter Mutharika. (AP)

The president of Malawi has met Madonna's adopted daughter and son.

Peter Mutharika thanked the US pop star for taking her Malawi-born children Mercy and David back to their birth country.

The meeting was symbolic for Madonna, who had a public falling-out with former president Joyce Banda.

"Thank you for welcoming me here. I was a big fan of your brother. He was very kind to us," Madonna said of Mr Mutharika's older brother Bingu wa Mutharika.

Madonna has been visiting Malawi since 2006, and funds a number of orphanages and schools in the country.

Yesterday she helped open a new 50-bed paediatric ward she helped finance in the commercial capital, Blantyre.

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