Gov’t officials said to draft agreement ahead of new teleconference

Government officials attending an emergency summit under Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Saturday prepared a draft agreement as Greek sources cited by the Athens-Macedonia News Agency indicated that negotiators in Brussels were close to a deal on value added tax, curbing early retirements and the gradual merging of pension funds.

According to sources, the draft deal will likely be presented during a new teleconference between Tsipras, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on Sunday that the Greek premier has requested in a bid to break the current deadlock with a political solution.

The issue of Greece is expected to be discussed on Monday during a meeting in Berlin on Monday between Merkel, Hollande and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Sources indicated the Tsipras might meet the three on Monday night as pressure grows for a deal in the coming days.

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