Obama speaks to Spanish PM to discuss debt crisis

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US President Barack Obama spoke to Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero Tuesday to discuss the debt crisis and reforms needed to rescue the Spanish economy, the White House said.

The conversation was the latest intervention by Obama in the European debt crisis, and White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the US government would do whatever was needed to stop the eurozone turmoil from impacting the US recovery.

Obama called Zapatero because Spain was one of the nations which need to carry out reforms to stabilize its economy, Gibbs said.

Over the weekend, Obama spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy as European Union finance ministers unveiled a massive bailout plan to shelter the continent's weaker economies.

Gibbs described the measures as "necessary, needed, and we're glad they happened."

© 2010 AFP

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