By Nektaria Stamouli
ATHENS–Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said an emergency meeting of European Union leaders will be needed later this month if there is no agreement on Greece's deadlocked bailout talks by Friday.
Following a meeting in Athens with European Council President Donald Tusk, Mr. Tsipras said some of Greece's creditors are delaying the bailout talks, harming the country's economy.
"Greece cannot stand these games for much longer," Mr. Tsipras said, adding that he had already asked Mr. Tusk for an extraordinary EU summit that could take place even next week.
Athens has been caught for months between demands by the International Monetary Fund for more austerity and Germany's refusal to discuss major debt relief. The IMF hasn't lent Greece money since 2014, but eurozone leaders want the organization to rejoin the bailout as a lender.
A delegation of Greek ministers is currently in Brussels for talks with representatives of the international creditors in an attempt to bridge differences over the fresh round of labor reforms, pensions and tax cuts demanded by Greece's creditors.
Mr. Tusk said he hopes an agreement will be reached on Friday during a meeting of eurozone finance ministers in Malta.
"We are close to concluding this demanding procedure," Mr. Tusk said.
When asked whether he will call an extraordinary summit on Greece, he said he wasn't willing to speculate on the outcome of this week's talks. "I will do my work," he said.
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April 05, 2017 07:22 ET (11:22 GMT)
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