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Merkel visits Algeria for talks on terrorism, migration

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. The annual weekend gathering is known for providing an open and informal platform to meet in close quarters. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. The annual weekend gathering is known for providing an open and informal platform to meet in close quarters. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2010 file photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, left, brief the media after a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called off a trip to Algeria at the last minute Monday Feb. 20, 2017 because long-ailing Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is too sick to meet her.  (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber,file)

    FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2010 file photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, left, brief the media after a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called off a trip to Algeria at the last minute Monday Feb. 20, 2017 because long-ailing Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is too sick to meet her. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber,file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this April 28, 2014 file photo, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, sitting in a wheelchair, applauds after taking the oath as President in Algiers. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called off a trip to Algeria at the last minute because long-ailing Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is too sick to meet her. (AP Photo/Sidali Djarboub, File)

    FILE - In this April 28, 2014 file photo, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, sitting in a wheelchair, applauds after taking the oath as President in Algiers. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called off a trip to Algeria at the last minute because long-ailing Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is too sick to meet her. (AP Photo/Sidali Djarboub, File)  (The Associated Press)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is visiting Algeria as she seeks to enlist North African countries in Germany's efforts against Islamic extremism and illegal migration.

She's expected to meet ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the prime minister and business leaders, and tour a girls' school during the visit Monday and Tuesday.

Key concerns for Merkel are better cooperation in limiting migration from Africa to Europe and the extremist violence that has hit Europe in recent years, such as the December attack on Berlin by a Tunisian migrant claimed by the Islamic State group.

The Algerian president's office says they will discuss regional security and economic issues.

Merkel last visited Algeria in 2008 and was received by Bouteflika, whose health has since deteriorated and who is now rarely seen in public.