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Debt Ceiling Debate: World Lawmakers Weigh In On Congress, Global Economy (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 07/26/11 04:30 PM ET   Updated: 09/25/11 06:12 AM ET

As Washington struggles to find compromise on its way to a debt ceiling deal, international leaders have spoken out on the U.S. debt situation and the effects it may have on the global economy.

Though for the most part careful not to wade into the partisan politics of the U.S. debate, leaders from the world's largest economies have stressed the importance of raising the debt ceiling and avoiding any chance of a U.S. default.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has sought to reassure the international community that Congress will act responsibly by raising the debt ceiling. Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright spoke to The Huffington Post about the direct connection between the debt ceiling debate and America's image overseas.

HuffPost's Josh Hersh reports:

The ongoing political circus over raising the debt ceiling is undermining America's position as a "moral example" for the rest of the world, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told The Huffington Post.

"It looks very strange that we can't deal with this," Albright said in an interview. "It weakens our position as a moral example to the rest of the world."

Check out HuffPost's debt ceiling live blog.

Below, a slideshow of world leaders' comments on the U.S. debt ceiling debate.

U.K. Business Secretary Vince Cable
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While many foreign leaders have avoided commenting directly on the politics of the U.S. debit ceiling debate, U.K. Business Secretary Vince Cable spoke bluntly to the BBC about the partisan divide in Congress:

"The irony of the situation at the moment ... is that the biggest threat to the world financial system comes from a few right-wing nutters in the American congress rather than the Euro zone."
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