Madonna laughs with Malawian President Peter Mutharika

As she is thanked for charitable efforts a year after country’s government called her ‘arrogant’

Madonna was infamously branded ‘arrogant’ by former Malawian President Joyce Banda and sent packing from the country in April of last year following the row.

But the superstar singer appears to get on a lot better with the new President, Peter Mutharika.

During a meeting between the pair on Friday at the Malawi State House, Madonna was laughing away as she was thanked for her charitable efforts.

Happy to be a VVIP again: Madonna shook hands with Malawian President Peter Mutharika on Friday during a visit to the country for the first time in 18 months, following a row with the former President

Happy to be a VVIP again: Madonna shook hands with Malawian President Peter Mutharika on Friday during a visit to the country for the first time in 18 months, following a row with the former President

The 56-year-old was thanked by Mutharika for agreeing to fund the construction of a new 50-bed Paediatric Surgery and Intensive Care Unit in the country’s commercial capital Blantyre.

Madonna, clad in a spotted black and white dress, shook hands with the President and saluted.

The Material Girl hit-maker is thought to have arrived in Malawi on Wednesday, with children Mercy and David who she adopted from the country, as well as son Rocco.

Madonna apparently brought her adopted children to the meeting and the President is said to have thanked her for bringing them to visit their birth country.

Getting on famously: The singer was seen laughing as she met the President at the State House

Getting on famously: The singer was seen laughing as she met the President at the State House

Charitable star: Madonna, who has the charity Raising Malawi, was branded 'arrogant' by ex-President Joyce Banda

Charitable star: Madonna, who has the charity Raising Malawi, was branded ‘arrogant’ by ex-President Joyce Banda

Thank you: Mutharika thanked the star for agreeing to fund the construction of a new Paediatric Surgery and Intensive Care Unit in the country

Thank you: Mutharika thanked the star for agreeing to fund the construction of a new Paediatric Surgery and Intensive Care Unit in the country

She told the President of his late brother Bingu wa Mutharika, who was in office until his death in 2012: ‘Thank you for welcoming me here. I was a big fan of your brother. He was very kind to us,’

Madonna, who has the charity Raising Malawi, has visited the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital and appeared to spend a day at an orphanage – prompting speculation she is planning on adopting another child.

The star funds orphanages in the country and is helping to fund schools and hospitals, and no doubt is pleased to have had her ‘Very Very Important Person’ status restored by President Mutharika – who beat Joyce Banda in the May polls –following last year’s dispute.

Close to her heart: Madonna has done a lot of work for Malawi and also adopted children Mercy and David from the country

Close to her heart: Madonna has done a lot of work for Malawi and also adopted children Mercy and David from the country

Showing respect: The 56-year-old saluted before sitting down with the President, who beat Banda in the May polls

Showing respect: The 56-year-old saluted before sitting down with the President, who beat Banda in the May polls

Elegant: Madonna was dressed in a black and white spotted dress for her important meeting

Elegant: Madonna was dressed in a black and white spotted dress for her important meeting

Banda attacked the pop star for being ‘arrogant’ and bizarrely accused her of being less well-mannered than footballers Gary Neville or Rio Ferdinand ‘despite their equally dazzling stature’.

A statement released by her office, which Mrs Banda later distanced herself from, accused the star of wanting Malawi ‘to be forever chained to the obligation of gratitude’ for her charity work.

It also claimed Madonna – who has been visiting the country since 2006 – believed the country should have ‘rolled out a red carpet and blast the 21-gun salute’ upon her arrival.

Mrs Banda, whose sister Anjimile Ntila-Oponyo used to run Madonna’s Raising Malawi charity until her sacking over financial impropriety, stripped the singer of her VVIP status.

Family visit: Madonna has been joined by daughter Mercy (pictured) and sons David and Rocco on the trip

Family visit: Madonna has been joined by daughter Mercy (pictured) and sons David and Rocco on the trip

'My hero': The Material Girl hit-maker posed with Professor Borgstein as she visited the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital on Thursday

‘My hero’: The Material Girl hit-maker posed with Professor Borgstein as she visited the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital on Thursday

This fall-out forced Madonna to check into her private jet at Kamuzu International Airport as an ‘ordinary passenger’.

After Mutharika gave the star back her status, State House press secretary Frederick Ndala said: ‘We welcome Madonna as guest of the government and people of Malawi.The President appreciates the charity work she is doing for the people of Malawi.’

Madonna celebrated her return to the country after 18 months by posing for a photo with Malawian hip hop star Tay Grin at a party. The singer met the rapper, real name Limbani Kalilani, in Lilongwe. Grin was invited to the party by his mother – Malawi’s health minister Dr Jean Kalilani – who asked Madonna if her son could attend.

Madonna is reported to have said: ‘I’d like to be serenaded by a minister’s son – please invite him.’

Giving back: Madonna prompted speculation she is planning on adopting another child when she appeared to visit an orphanage

Giving back: Madonna prompted speculation she is planning on adopting another child when she appeared to visit an orphanage

Meeting the local celebrities: Madonna posed with hip Malawian hop star Tay Grin on Wednesday at a party to celebrate her arrival in the country

Meeting the local celebrities: Madonna posed with  Malawian hip hop star Tay Grin on Wednesday at a party to celebrate her arrival in the country

Source : Daily Mail

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