Greece deal near? Tsipras expresses confidence in reaching agreement as crunch talks continue

Financial Post

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told his cabinet on Thursday that he’s confident a deal to unlock bailout aid is close, even as his government sent conflicting signals on its willingness to agree on long-stalled reforms.

Tsipras addressed his ministers as Greece and its euro-area partners stepped up talks in a bid to reach a preliminary deal by May 3, ahead of looming debt payments in early May, three people with knowledge of the talks said earlier. The aim would be for finance ministers to sign off on the accord by their next scheduled meeting on May 11, the officials said, asking not to be named because the talks are private.

Greece may ask for an extraordinary meeting before May 11, if there is progress in the talks, Greek government spokesman Gabriel Sakellaridis told reporters on Thursday.

“I’m confident that there’s a common will and that in particular the will…

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