Treasury's Geithner offers assistance to Japan

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Posted: Mar 21, 2011 3:36 PM
Treasury's Geithner offers assistance to Japan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has offered assistance to Japan's Ministry of Finance and the Bank of Japan in the wake of Friday's devastating earthquake and tsunami, a Treasury spokeswoman said.

The Treasury also has confirmed that all of its own staff in Japan are safe and it has been in close contact with them, spokeswoman Natalie Wyeth said in an emailed statement.

"Secretary Geithner has expressed his condolences and support to his counterparts at the Japanese Ministry of Finance and the Bank of Japan and offered our assistance during this time of great challenge," Wyeth said. "We're monitoring the situation closely and we stand ready to help our friend and ally."

The statement did not specify what type of assistance was offered to Japan.

(Reporting by David Lawder; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)