FinMIn Tsakalotos: I believe we can make progress on all pending issues (upd)

Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos said the Eurogroup meeting in Brussels on Monday noted the progress made in the negotiations between Greece and its creditors, adding that almost all sides agree that progress can be made on all pensing issues.

Speaking at a press conference in Brussels after a meeting of Eurozone ministers, Tsakalotos said he, Labour Minister Efi Achtsioglou and his deputy finance ministers will remain in the Belgian capital to discuss outstanding issues. He also said the final details of a global deal could be put in place at the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) spring meeting in Washington in April, adding that the economics team will remain in Brussels.

“Our strategy is to stay here and make substantial progress, leave few issues and, if we can, not even them, so that when the institutions return to Athens we may have a deal, a package of measures on which we and the institutions agree, before the Eurogroup on April 7 in Malta,” he said.

“After that, the procedure will speed up and we could go to the IMF spring meetings to add the last details on the whole package.”