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Stick to reforms, says troika

A meeting between Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and representatives of the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund ? collectively known as the troika — ended on Friday with the foreign officials reiterating their position that Greece must stick to all agreed reforms.

According to reports Samaras assured the troika representatives that reforms will continue. He also added that the government is set to raise the issue of Memorandum re-adjustment at the next EU summit which is scheduled to take place in October.

On Thursday, the Greek premier raised the same issue during his meeting in Athens with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

Following the meeting with Samaras on Friday, the troika met with PASOK chief Evangelos Venizelos. According to reports, the EU, ECB and IMF representatives will carry more meetings with local officials throughout the weekend.

The country?s coalition leaders — New Democracy’s Samaras, PASOK’s Venizelos and Democratic Left’s Fotis Kouvelis — agreed on Thursday on ways for the country to reach about 10 of the 11.5 billion euros in cuts that its partners and creditors are demanding.

The three leaders are set to meet on Monday to decide on the remaining cuts.