Greece near exit from crisis, Stournaras says

Greece is near the exit from the crisis, Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras said Thursday as the country tapped the international bond markets for the first time in four years, issuing a five-year bond.

“After four years of fiscal measures and structural reforms, the Greek economy has started to show the first encouraging signs of stability and growth,” Stournaras said adding that bond sale results would soon be published.

Greece, the finance minister said, should now take steps to boost growth, create jobs and inspire hope among the debt-hit population.