Dominican and Portuguese presidents meet in Lisbon

Dominican Republic's Luis Abinader attends a press conference in Santo Domingo

(Reuters) -Dominican Republic President Luis Abinader held a private meeting with his Portuguese counterpart Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa in Lisbon on Tuesday and both addressed reporters afterwards.

Abinader, re-elected to a second term a little over a week ago, was also scheduled to visit the Administrative Modernisation Agency (AMA), a Portuguese public agency that deals with the digitization of administration.

On Monday, he met with Pope Francis at the Vatican. The pope's office said they had talked about migration and the regional situation.

Pope Francis has previously urged priests in the Dominican Republic to help integrate migrants who have crossed from Haiti.

Last year, the Dominican Republic deported over 200,000 people back to Haiti, where a gang conflict has pushed hundreds of thousands from their homes and millions into hunger.

The foreign ministry said Pope Francis had expressed interest in visiting the Dominican Republic.

Abinader is set to return home on Saturday.

(Reporting by Sarah Morland; Editing by Kevin Liffey)