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U.S. more concerned about eurozone's ability to contain crisis: Hillary Clinton

(Xinhua)

13:21, December 13, 2011

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday that what concerns the United States is not the position taken by Britain, but whether the decisions made by the eurozone countries will work to contain the deepening sovereign debt crisis.

The top U.S. diplomat said that Europe's debt crisis was part of her talks with British Foreign Secretary William Hague, whose visit came at a time when his country is sinking into isolation after vetoing a new European Union treaty.

"We support efforts to enact pro-growth reforms, and we will continue to work closely with our European partners," she told reporters after holding talks with her British counterpart.

She said Britain's new position in Europe does not concern her. "I think that the role that the UK has played in Europe will continue," she remarked. "And our concern has not been over the position that the UK has taken, it's whether the decisions made by other members of the eurozone countries within the EU will work, and we want to encourage that."

The Obama administration has been pressing Europe to move with "force and decisiveness" to fight the debt crisis in the eurozone, saying the crisis continues to create a headwind for the global economy.

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