After Meet with EU’s Juncker, Greek PM Says Deal is ‘close’

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said early on Thursday after late-night talks with senior EU officials that Greece was close to a deal with its creditors and that Athens would make a payment due to the IMF on Friday.

Following discussions over dinner at the European Commission in Brussels with its president, Jean-Claude Juncker, and the chair of euro zone finance ministers, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Tsipras told reporters that an agreement was very close on a target for Athens’ primary budget surplus and that a deal would be close in the next few days.

Asked about a pending payment to the International Monetary Fund, he said: “Don’t worry about it.” Noting Greece had made payments in the past, he added: “We will continue.”