The leaders of the G8 industrialised nations met over the weekend and agreed that Greece should remain member
of the European Union and welcomed EU efforts to solve debt crisis problems.Greece is trying to avoid default
and withdrawal from the eurozone by implementing an austerity programme in exchange for multi-billion-dollar loans from the EU and International Monetary Fund.
The two-day summit groups together leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the US.
In a report concerning global economy, G8 said that a strong and united Eurozone was important for global stability and economic recovery, and the group reaffirms its commitment to Greece remained in the euro area.
Athens is planning further austerity measures to save some $33 billion
through 2015. The country's total debt has ballooned to $490 billion.
"Greece's withdrawal [from the EU] is a bad scenario. We need Greece to stay in eurozone but it should implement responsible policy," Arkady Dvorkovich, Russian Sherpa at the summit meeting, told reporters.With IANS inputs