In statements following his meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on the sidelines of the European Council meeting in Brussels, French President Francois Hollande said that France encouraged all sides involved, such as the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, to take the necessary decisions regarding Greece’s debt. At the same time, he noted that Greece must fulfill its commitments.
European commitments to Greece over the issue of the debt must be met “as quickly as possible,” he said.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, on her part, confirmed that her discussion with the Greek prime minister on Friday morning had covered the refugee crisis, the Cyprus issue and the progress made in the Greek programme. Merkel was replying to a question put by the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) during a press conference after the end of the EU leaders’ summit.
The German chancellor declined to go into specifics but confirmed that all three issues were discussed. With respect to the refugee crisis, in particular, she said the discussion had focused on how Greece might be assisted by sending experts from the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), among others.