Bailout Talks To Go Ahead After Delay



Talks between Greece and its international creditors over a new bailout package should go ahead after logistical issues that delayed meetings this week are resolved, a Greek official has said.

The meetings with officials from the European commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund had been expected to start on Friday but were delayed by organisational issues including the location of talks and security.

The finance ministry official said on Saturday that talks were now expected to get formally underway on Monday after the logistical issues had been resolved. The official denied that the government was trying to keep the lenders’ team away from government departments. “We don’t have any problem with them visiting the general accounting office,” the official said.

Greeks have viewed inspection visits by lenders in Athens as a violation of the country’s sovereignty and six months of acrimonious negotiations with EU partners took place in Brussels at the government’s request.

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