New IMF chief calls Strauss-Kahn's visit a 'reconciliation'

26th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

The new head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, said Friday an upcoming visit to IMF headquarters by her predecessor Dominique Strass-Kahn will be "a sort of reconciliation".

"Dominique Strauss-Kahn asked to meet his former colleagues, and any staff members who wish to (see him), in order to simply say good-bye and to have I suppose a sort of reconciliation before leaving the United States," said Lagarde on French television.

"All former directors of the IMF can come to the IMF," added the former French finance minister.

Strauss-Kahn resigned as IMF managing director in May after he was arrested and charged in New York with allegedly trying to rape a hotel maid.

But earlier this week a judge approved the prosecutors' request to drop all charges against the French economist and one-time frontrunner for the French presidency because they no longer believed his accuser.

Lagarde did not indicate whether she herself will meet Strauss-Kahn during his IMF visit next week. She did have a telephone conversation with him after being nominated to succeed him at the global financial institution based in Washington.

© 2011 AFP

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