United States to evaluate Pakistan's bailout request from IMF on merit, says state department

Washington: The US will evaluate on merit a bailout package sought by Pakistan from the International Monetary Fund, the state department said Thursday.

We understand that Pakistan has formally requested assistance from the IMF. As we do in all cases, we will examine closely all aspects, including Pakistan's debt position, in evaluating any loan program," a state department spokesperson told PTI.

The spokesperson was responding to a question on the request made by Pakistan for a $8 billion bailout package. The spokesperson's comments came on a day when Pakistan's finance minister Asad Umar met with IMF managing director Christine Lagarde in Nusa Dua, Indonesia and formally sought a bailout from the global lender.

The US has the greatest influence in the IMF's decision-making process. In July, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo indicated that the US will review the bailout package in view of the massive Chinese debt on Pakistan.

"Make no mistake. We will be watching what the IMF does," Pompeo said. "There's no rationale for IMF tax dollars, and associated with that American dollars that are part of the IMF funding, for those to go to bail out Chinese bondholders or China itself," Pompeo told CNBC.

Updated Date: Oct 12, 2018 18:38:32 IST