26 May '11, 11pm

DTN Singapore News: Clinton personally welcomes Lagarde IMF bid: PARIS - US SECRETARY of State Hillary Clinton s...

PARIS - US SECRETARY of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday she 'personally' welcomes French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde's candidacy for leadership of the International Monetary Fund. 'The United States has not taken an official position. Obviously other candidates may come forth,' Mrs Clinton said in an interview broadcast on French television channel TF1, according to a transcript released in advance. 'But speaking unofficially and personally, I am a strong supporter of qualified women, which she is certainly one, being given the opportunity to lead international organisations,' she added, referring to Ms Lagarde. 'I actually know her. I admire her,' Mrs Clinton said, adding that she had hosted Ms Lagarde at a dinner on Wednesday evening and spoke to her about her candidacy. 'I wished her well last night and I will be watching closely as this unfolds,' Mrs Clin...

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