WASHINGTON, Sept 10 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson will travel to Europe next week to meet with the recently installed leaders of France and Britain to discuss a range of economic issues, the Treasury said on Monday.
Paulson will meet with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and other French officials, including Finance Minister Christine Lagarde on Sept. 17.
He will then travel to London to meet British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling on the same day, the Treasury said in a statement. It is Paulson’s first trip to Europe since the UK and French leaders were installed.
“They are going to discuss a range of issues. Obviously we aren’t there for a long time,” said Treasury spokeswoman Brookly McLaughlin.
McLaughlin said Paulson had been trying to schedule trips to meet with Brown and Sarkozy since well before problems with U.S. subprime mortgages began roiling global financial markets last month.