U.S., India mum on IMF race but upbeat on reform

WASHINGTON Mon Jun 27, 2011 6:06pm EDT

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner (R) participates in a conversation on India-U.S. relations with India's Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee (L) at a hotel in Washington, June 27, 2011. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner (R) participates in a conversation on India-U.S. relations with India's Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee (L) at a hotel in Washington, June 27, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Jason Reed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee kept mum on Monday on which candidate their countries are backing to lead the International Monetary Fund.

But both officials told a U.S.-India economic forum in Washington they were confident the process would deliver reform to the global lender, with Geithner hailing "an open and contested process, two excellent candidates, quick resolution and ... somebody emerge who will command very broad support."

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