선진 7개국, 이른바 G7 재무장관들은 22일 국제금융체제의 안정을 위해 "할 수 있는 모든 조치"를 다하겠다고 다짐했습니다.

G7국가 재무장관들과 중앙은행장들은 미국 정부가 구제금융계획을 위해 의회에 7천 억 달러를 요청한데 따라, 이날 화상회의를 갖고 이같이 다짐했습니다.

조지 부시 미국 대통령은 미국이 현 금융위기에 어떻게 대처하는지 전세계가 주시하고 있다며 의회에 대해 이번 법안의 효력을 낮추거나 법안 통과를 늦추는 당파적 행동을 하지 말도록 촉구했습니다. 

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Top economic officials from the world's wealthiest nations say they will take "whatever actions necessary" to ensure the stability of the international financial system.

Finance ministers and central bank governors of the G-7 discussed the U.S. financial bailout plan today (Monday)in a conference call.

The commitment follows the Bush administration's request to the U.S. Congress for a 700 billion-dollar financial intervention plan. President Bush said "the whole world is watching" how the United States copes with this crisis. He urged Congress to avoid partisan actions that would make the bill less effective or slow its passage.

The president said failure to act on the package would have "broad consequences" that hurt ordinary Americans as well as wealthy investors. Congress has scheduled a hearing on the issue with the head of the U.S. central bank on Wednesday.

Washington's actions got a mixed reaction from investors. Asian stock markets made gains in Monday's trading, but European and U.S. shares declined.

In another development, the U.S. Federal Reserve Board said Monday it is speeding up approval for the last two major American investment banks, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, to become bank holding companies.

The change means the two companies will be able to accept deposits and borrow money from the U.S. central bank.