Statement by IMF's Rato at ASEAN Leaders' Meeting

Rodrigo de Rato, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), issued the following statement Thursday 6 January at the high-level meeting on humanitarian relief for countries affected by the Asia tsunami disaster in Jakarta, Indonesia.

"I will be brief in joining other participants in expressing my deepest sympathy and condolences to the countries and people suffering from the devastating tragedy.

"I am here to reiterate the IMF's commitment to remain fully engaged in our area of