Exclusive: Greek PM Tsipras confident of deal with creditors by end of April

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 16, 2015 9:01 AM

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told Reuters he was "firmly optimistic" his government would reach an agreement with foreign creditors by the end of April despite disagreements on major issues like pension and labor reform.

The comments come as Athens faces the prospect of running out of cash in weeks unless it strikes a deal with European and IMF creditors that paves the way for disbursement of aid.

"Despite the cacophony and erratic leaks and statements in recent days from the other side, I remain firmly optimistic that there will be an agreement by the end of the month," Tsipras told Reuters in a statement.

"Because I know that Europe has learned to live through its disagreements, to combine its parts and move forward."

(Reporting by Renee Maltezou, Writing by Deepa Babington; Editing by Susan Fenton)