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Bush to host world finance summit

President Bush
Government leaders will examine ways of preventing another crisis

President George W Bush will host the world's first global financial summit in the US on 15 November, a White House official has said.

The meeting - the first in a series - will discuss the financial crisis and ways to prevent it recurring.

Leaders from the G20 group of nations - the world's leading industrialised countries and major developing nations - will attend.

The winner of the US presidential election will also attend the summit.

The meeting, to be held in the Washington DC area, will consider the reforms needed to avoid another financial crisis and look at the progress being made so far.

"The leaders will review progress being made to address the current financial crisis," said White House spokeswoman Dana Perino.

In order to avoid a repetition of the crisis, she said they would "agree on a common set of principles for reform of the regulatory and institutional regimes for the world's financial sectors".

Worldwide crisis

Later summits will focus on working out the details of the reforms needed.

Some European leaders had pushed for a summit before the end of the year, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy had said it should take place in New York.

Among those expected to attend the summit will be leaders from the G20 group of nations, which includes the G7 group of major industrial economies, as well as key emerging-market countries such as China, India and Brazil.

The head of the International Monetary Fund, the president of the World Bank, the United Nations secretary general and the chairman of the Financial Stability Forum have also been invited to participate.

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