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Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian allies warned the German leader Wednesday against offering financial concessions to other European countries to resolve a conflict over migration that has shaken her government.

Her hardline interior minister Horst Seehofer on Monday gave her a two-week ultimatum to reach European Union deals with already heavily burdened European Union frontline states such as Italy and Greece to allow Germany to turn back asylum seekers who previously registered in another member country.

The EU is due to hold a summit on Sunday to discuss illegal migration to Europe, but Italy's government has said it will not sign up to any plan unless help for its country is prioritised.

Italy is insisting that other countries accept the migrant boats that have brought 700,000 people to its shores over the past decade, while Merkel's interior minister is threatening a government crisis over his plans to tighten border security.

The new Italian government has intensified existing Italian complaints that the country is taking in more than its fair share of refugees thanks to the number of people fleeing Africa by boat in recent months, many of them heading to Italy, one of the closest points in Europe to their starting point in Libya.

So the issue of migration will likely be at the forefront of the Lebanese leg of the visit, but it is also an enduring legacy of her time in office so far.

And the Danish Maersk Line, the world's leading shipping container company, said one of its vessels rescued 113 migrants off the Italian coast on Saturday.

The EU has been supporting and training the Libyan coastguard to return migrants to the North African country - even if they are not from there - but there have been reports of widespread human rights abuses of migrants when they arrive.

Uruguay advances with win over Saudi Arabia
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"This is an important step that Europe will be working on for a while", Merkel said alongside Macron during a highly anticipated meeting outside Berlin on Tuesday.

The French president said Paris and Berlin agreed that European Union countries must be able to turn back at their borders all asylum seekers who previously registered in another member country, usually their Mediterranean first port of call.

"We are doing everything we can so this decree is not implemented", she said, adding that it would make it hard or impossible for displaced Syrians to return.

"I am on the side of those, and this is fortunately the majority in Germany, who say we need to be an open country", she said, adding that "of course we need to regulate this".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel landed in Lebanon on Thursday night after concluding an official visit to Jordan where she promised a loan worth 100 million USA dollars.

"We don't want what is happening with immigration in Europe to happen with us!"

Speaking on World Refugee Day, Merkel herself stressed the need for a European solution to the influx of migrants that the continent's governments have argued over for almost three years.

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