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G8 Finance Ministers' Meetings

Statement of G7 Ministers of Finance
September 25, 2001

We held a conference call today to discuss the economic and financial situation in our countries and our common cause in strengthening the international fight against the financing of terrorism. For the US economy, we reported that the events of September 11 will delay the recovery that was underway. However, our economic policies and fundamentals remain strong and we expect a near-term return to sustained economic growth and stable financial markets.

Since the attacks, we have all shared our national action plans to block the assets of terrorists and their associates. We will integrate these action plans and pursue a comprehensive strategy to disrupt terrorist funding around the world. We welcome the actions taken by other countries in recent days and call on all nations of the world to cooperate in this endeavor. In particular, we stressed the importance of more vigorously implementing UN sanctions on terrorist financing and we called on the Financial Action Task Force to encompass terrorist financing into its activities. We will meet in the United States in early October to review economic developments and ensure that no stone goes unturned in our mutual efforts to wage a successful global campaign against the financing of terrorism.

Source: U.S. Treasury.

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