Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras raised the issue of Greece’s debt in meetings with French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday, noting the need to resolve disagreements among the institutions that perpetuate the uncertainty regarding its sustainability.
According to government sources, the French side supported the Greek positions and expressed the will of the French government for a solution on the debt to be found, recognizing the need to put an end to uncertainty. Moreover, both sides agreed that the disagreements regarding the handling of the debt issue need to be resolved in order to find a solution that will ensure its sustainability. The agreement on debt is also necessary, among others, because it will give a signal that Europe solves its problems.
Tsipras and Hollande agreed that access to the quantitative easing programme is crucial for the recovery of the investment climate in Greece, while the Greek side reiterated its position that the agreements must be respected by all parties, which was accepted by the French side.
Tsipras expressed the same position in his meeting with Merkel, stressing that it is necessary to dispel the uncertainty so that a solution to be reached and Greece can exit to the markets.
Tsipras and Merkel also discussed developments in the refugee issue, according to governmental circles. The two sides agreed that all necessary measures need to be taken so that the EU-Turkey agreement advances. The same sources said that Merkel expressed her intention to further support the refugee issue in Greece, both at an EU and bilateral level.
Regarding the Cyprus issue, which was raised in the meeting, Tsipras briefed Merkel on the Greek positions adding that he supports the intercommunal talks. He referred to the issue of guarantees and security, noting that the Greek side supports the complete withdrawal of troops from the island.
Finally, government sources said that Tsipras had a short meeting with British Prime Minister Teresa May, in the framework of bilateral contacts with Member States ahead of the Brexit. In this meeting, the Greek side raised the issue of Greek students and workers in the UK, while they also discussed the Cyprus issue.