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US will help Greece ‘in any way it can,’ Biden says [update]

US Vice President Joe Biden on Monday vowed Washington will assist Greece ?in any way it can.?

Biden on Monday begun meetings with political leaders in Greece, at the start of a crucial week for the future of the debt-saddled eurozone.

Biden, who traveled from Turkey, met with President Karolos Papoulias on Monday before holding talks with Prime Minister Lucas Papademos.

He would later meet with leaders of the main parties backing the country’s new coalition government under technocrat economist Papademos.

?US stands ready to help Greece in any way it can,? Biden said during a meeting with the leader of Greece’s provisional government.

Papademos earlier expressed his confidence that Greece can count on US support in a debt crisis.

Last week, the United States joined a coordinated effort by global central banks to provide relief to banks in the eurozone.

The eurozone debt crisis began in Greece two years ago, and the country is currently negotiating the terms of a second, massive bailout package from other eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund. [Combined reports]