In statements before the start of talks with the troika representing Greece’s international lenders, Greek Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis on Tuesday told reporters that Greece was there “to continue the discussion.”
“We are making progress and continuing,” he said, while declining to answer questions on the country’s fiscal gap.
Hardouvelis pointed out that the meeting was being held on “Greek territory” within the building occupied by the Greek representation at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
“It is a way for us to meet all sides here and we hope that there will be a convergence. The issues are various; the aim is for the growth of the Greek economy to continue in parallel with fiscal reform and all the structural reforms,” he added.