BERLIN (ANA/ A. Polychronakis) The Euro area institutions and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) must find a way to bridge their differences over debt relief to Greece, Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos said here on Thursday. It would be “a great shame” if there was no convergence in the EU-IMF positions on how to ease Greek debt, he said.

Speaking during a press conference with Greece’s Labour Minister Efi Achtsioglou, attended by the German and foreign media, Tsakalotos said the Greek government did not intend to call early elections, especially at a time when it was unclear whether a government could be formed, and that its goal was to proceed with the negotiations.

He also defended the government’s decision to hand out a one-off bonus to low-income pensioners, while noting that the Greek government’s credibility toward both the institutions and the Greek people was important at this time.

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