A trilateral meeting between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Francois Hollande was held on the sidelines of the EU's 4th Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, late on Thursday (May 22). The meeting, which lasted about two hours, took place in a friendly and constructive atmosphere; the three leaders discussed the significant progress made so far in negotiations between the Greek government and the institutions and focused on the remaining open issues.

According to a Greek government official, the Greek PM spoke of the country's prospects to exit the crisis if a long term deal is reached. On their part, the German Chancellor and the French president said they would personally help if needed, so that an agreement is soon reached. “[Ms.] Merkel and Mr. Hollande said they would personally contribute toward the direction of a viable, long-term solution for Greece and accelerate the procedure,” the official said.


The only thorny issue remaining is the insistence that any deal must be agreed with all three institutions, including the International Monetary Fund,” the official added and estimated that we are close to an agreement.


The government's spokesman Gabriel Sakellaridis said on Friday morning that Greece expects to reach a deal with its creditors in the next 10 days and aims to meet all its payments in June. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is meeting with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker today.