Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
TURIN

G8 leaders agree to spearhead jobs crisis, tax evasion

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Turin, June 18 - World leaders attending a G8
summit in Northern Ireland announced several agreements Tuesday
on promoting economic growth and employment, and fighting tax
evasion and money laundering, while how to solve the conflict in
Syria continued to divide Russia and the West.
In a joint statement, the leaders agreed that "an urgent
priority is to promote growth and jobs, especially for young
people and the long-term unemployed.
Going into the talks, Italian Premier Enrico Letta made
youth unemployment a major talking point, and US President
Barack Obama reportedly said he would press the issue after
meeting privately with Letta on the first day of the summit.
"Sustaining demand, securing public finances, and reforms"
were three keys to stimulating economic growth, the statement
said.
But with growth must also come austerity measures, the
statement said, which are already in place throughout Europe
since the euro crisis began to seriously threaten the stability
of the single currency.
Such measures are "strongly necessary" to reducing
financial fragmentation, it said. "Budget sustainability must go
together with well-defined growth strategies".
According to Downing Street, the G8 leaders also reached an
agreement on fighting money laundering and shell companies used
to dodge taxes.
As for Syria, the most the G8 leaders could all agree to
was "to strongly support the proposal for a conference on
reaching a political solution" to the conflict.
The statements were part of a draft assessment of the
meeting which was undergoing review.
Outside the summit, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister
Serghiei Ryabkov said "there will be no reference (in the final
draft) to the fate of (Syrian President Bashar al)-Assad due to
the opposition of Russia".
He also called on the US and Europe "to evaluate three or
four times" the consequences of arming the rebels, which the
countries have said they will do after confirming the use of
chemical weapons by the government.
Russia, which has arms contracts and other trade ties with
the Syrian government, supports Assad.

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