Statement by IMF's Rato ahead of Jakarta meeting

Rodrigo de Rato, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), issued the following statement on Wednesday 5 January after arriving in Jakarta, Indonesia, for a high-level meeting on humanitarian relief for countries affected by the Asia tsunami disaster.

"First, I would like to express once again my deep sympathy to the countries affected by this devastating human tragedy, and also reiterate the IMF's commitment to help as much as possible in the international assistance effort.