PM Tsipras: The opposition must make known its position on all major reforms

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged on Tuesday the main opposition to state clearly its position towards the major issues facing the country and pending reforms during his first meeting with New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis since the latter was elected to his post.

Following the meeting at Maximos Mansion, the premier said through Twitter that he briefed the leader of the main opposition on all the important issues. “The opposition must make known its position on all major reforms to social security, public administration and the negotiations with lenders,” he said. “It’s time a new generation of politicians to overcome the petty confrontation and talk honestly talk about the great problems facing the country,” he added.

New Democracy disagrees on many issues with the government but it’s important to have keeping communication channels open, main opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on his side after the meeting.

“I look forward to an honest discussion,” Mitsotakis said. Commenting on what Tsipras told him during their talks, the ND leader noted that the two sides disagree on many issues but that institutional parties must keep the channels of communication open.

He also said that there must be an effort to achieve an understanding on institutional issues for which the Constitution itself requires increased majorities, such as the issue of the constitutional review. Mitsotakis also pledged to maintain communication with the government and keep political debate “civilized” in parliament and beyond.