Monti, Obama agree on need for Europe to boost growth

16 May, 14:00

(ANSAmed) - ROME, MAY 16 - Italian Premier Mario Monti and United States President Barack Obama have agreed on the need for the European Union to do more to boost economic growth before this weekend's Group of Eight (G8) summit at Camp David.

''(Obama and Monti) discussed the current economic situation in Europe and agreed on the need to intensify efforts to promote growth and job creation,'' the White House said in a statement after the leaders spoke via telephone. Monti has been among those leading calls for the EU to act to stimulate growth, with recession-hit Italy among the countries suffering the effects of austerity measures adopted because of the eurozone debt crisis.

The leaders also discussed the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan and Obama gave thanks for ''Italy's significant contributions to NATO''.(ANSAmed).

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