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WASHINGTON Feb 9 The International Monetary
Fund does not see firm evidence that currency wars are nearing
but would like to see Group of 20 major economies reaffirm their
commitment to free and fair trade this year, IMF spokesman Gerry
Rice said on Thursday.
"I don't see evidence of firm policy decisions made that
would lead us to suggest that we're heading for currency wars.
So I think that would be premature," Rice said in response to a
question at a regular news briefing.
U.S. President Donald Trump's confrontational rhetoric on
trade and suggestions that the dollar is overvalued have
complicated global economic cooperation efforts.
Reuters earlier reported that G20 host Germany intends to
press the group to reaffirm its commitment to promoting free
trade, resisting currency wars and fighting climate change when
finance ministers and central bank governors meet in March in
Asked whether the IMF would support these efforts at the
G20, Rice, said free and fair trade were "tenets" of the IMF.
"We think that trade that is fair, free, ... well
implemented, benefiting all, is an important factor for
prosperity for the world. We would like to see those policies
(Reporting by David Lawder; Editing by Dan Grebler and James