Feb 12, 2015 5:56 PM

Greece's Tsipras hopeful of 'mutually acceptable' debt deal

The Associated Press

BRUSSELS (AP) Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has laid out his hope that a "mutually acceptable" debt deal can be secured next week at a meeting of the eurozone's 19 finance ministers.

Tsipras said Thursday after the conclusion of the European Union summit that his government is committed to getting a new bridge program that will tide Greece over the coming months and prevent a damaging exit from the euro.

Tsipras agreed earlier to allow representatives from his government to meet Friday with those from the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund to discuss technical matters regarding Greece's current bailout.

He added Greece won't use blackmail tactics to get its way and insisted his government will outline fresh reforms and maintain balanced budgets.


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