Hillary says 'not pursuing' top job at World Bank
Lusaka: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday said she is "not pursuing" the top job at the World Bank after a media report that she was seeking to become the institution's next head.
"With respect to the World Bank, I have had no discussions with anyone," Hillary said when asked about a report that she was considering applying for the job after completing her term as top US diplomat next year.
"I have evidenced no interest to anyone, I do not have any interest and I am not pursuing that position," Hillary said during a visit to Zambia.
"But I am absolutely dedicated to my service as secretary of state," Hillary said during a press conference with Zambian President Rupiah Banda.
"We have a lot of work ahead of us and we are doing all we can to implement the vision our improved and growing relationship around the world, including right here in Africa, on behalf of our country," she said.
A news agency said Hillary was in discussions with the White House to leave her job next year and take over as head of the World Bank, replacing Robert Zoellick, should he leave at the end of his term in mid-2012.
A source close to the global lender had earlier this week indicated that the United States was studying Hillary's possible candidacy for head of the World Bank, where an American has traditionally held the top job.
But senior officials in President Barack Obama's administration have adamantly denied the report, with one close advisor to Hillary, Philippe Reines, calling it "100 percent untrue”.
"She has expressed absolutely no interest in the job. She would not take it if offered," Reines said when the story broke.
White House spokesman Jay Carney also said the report was "completely untrue”.
Hillary has publicly said on several occasions that she will step down as secretary of state at the end of the current administration, and speculation has swirled around her future plans.
The former first lady and New York senator has been a major figure in the Democratic Party since the 1990s and waged a months-long political war of attrition with Obama in the close-fought 2008 presidential primary.
The two former rivals swiftly mended fences after Obama won the nomination, however, and by all accounts have worked well together.