Tsipras says Greece ‘close’ to a deal that will respect mandate, ‘red lines’

Despite the skepticism expressed by some of his ministers regarding a potential deal with creditors, Alexis Tsipras has expressed optimism that Greece is “close” to an interim agreement with lenders.

“I am optimistic that we are close to an agreement within the context of the popular mandate we have received and which will be marked out by the red lines that we have set,” Tsipras told his cabinet on Thursday.

Sources told the Athens-Macedonia News Agency that the premier briefed his ministers on progress, adding that the government is aiming for a deal by a May 11 Eurogroup or earlier. They did not rule out the possibility of government officials requesting an extraordinary summit of eurozone finance ministers before May 11.

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