PM’s visit to US reflected Greece’s ‘upgraded role’, gov’t sources say

Government sources on Thursday underlined that the messages from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ visit to the US reflected Greece’s “upgraded role and prestige over the last two and a half years.”

They explained that at the beginning of the crisis Greece had gone through a period of lacking credibility that was considered identical to default and corruption, while now Greece’s position has been upgraded in the international arena.

Asked about the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) change of stance over the last period, the sources said that the Greek economy has returned to growth and a framework has been set up, based on which the country will meet its fiscal targets. The Fund, they added, sees it is pointless to insist on forecasts and demands that are proven wrong.

Regarding the debate over a planned upgrade of Greece’s fleet of F16 fighter jets, the same sources said that the Greek economy will be burdened with 1.1 billion euros of the 2.4-billion-euro programme, over a period of ten years.