U.S. economy growing close to potential - Geithner

NEW DELHI, Oct 9 (Reuters) - The U.S economy is now growingclose to its potential, U.S Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithnersaid on Tuesday.

Geithner also said during a visit to New Delhi that economicreforms in Europe "could take years and years to bear fruit".

"We are very worried about risk of collapse in Europe ...Europe has a hard road ahead of them," he said at a meeting withIndian and U.S. business leaders.

The International Monetary Fund said this week that thelooming fiscal tightening in the United States and the eurozone's economic crisis were the two biggest risks facing theworld economy.

(Writing by Arup Roychoudhury; Editing by John Chalmers)

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