The world financial system is teetering on the “brink of systemic meltdown”, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned in Washington.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn said the crisis was being fanned by fears over debt-ridden banks but added rich nations had so far failed to restore confidence.
He spoke after talks with US President George W Bush, Group of Seven (G7) finance ministers and the World Bank.
Mr Bush said the global economic crisis needed a united international response.
Speaking in the US capital on Saturday, Mr Strauss-Kahn said: “Intensifying solvency concerns about a number of the largest US-based and European financial institutions have pushed the global financial system to the brink of systemic meltdown.”
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