US urges IMF to cancel some debt of Ebola-hit countries

A medical worker leaves a house after visiting quarantined family members suffering from the Ebola virus, on October 16, 2014 in MonroviaThe United States has asked the International Monetary Fund to cancel $100 million of the debts of the three West African countries devastated by the Ebola outbreak. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will propose the debt relief program for Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea at this week’s G20 meeting in Brisbane, according to a statement obtained by AFP Wednesday. “The International Monetary Fund has already played a critical role as a first responder, providing economic support to countries hardest hit by Ebola,” Lew said. “Today we are asking the IMF to expand that support by providing debt relief for Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

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