Greek finance minister in positive meetings with euro zone counterparts

Greek finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos began his tour of European capitals for talks with counterparts with a fruitful meeting with French finance minister Michel Sapin on Sunday before meeting Finnish counterpart Alexander Stubb on Monday.

Tsakalotos’s aim is to secure support in the Greek government’s reform effort and its push for debt relief talks to begin. Athens found an ally in Sapin, yet again as Tsakalotos began his round of meetings in the friendliest of capitals for Greece.

“I was convinced that the Greek government is determined to respect its commitments on all of the subjects,” Sapin told a news conference. “The faster that we can speak about the question of Greece’s debt the better it is for everyone,” Sapin added.

Euclid Tsakalotos revealed he was “quite confident” that the first review of the country’s reform program could be wrapped up quickly, clearing the way for discussions on Greece’s debt. “It’s absolutely critical for us that since we’ve done so much to gain this credibility that this is acknowledged,” Tsakalotos said. “I think that we will get there in the end.”

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