Tsipras, Merkel and Hollande agree to intensify efforts at Brussels talks

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande ended in Brussels late on Wednesday with an agreement to further intensify efforts to reach an agreement between Greece and its lenders.

Merkel and Hollande left the talks at the sidelines of a summit involving European Union and Latin American leaders without comments. German officials, though, said the three leaders agreed that talks aimed at finding a solution should be stepped up.

Tsipras echoed this sentiment in his brief comment to waiting journalists.

“We decided to intensify efforts to bridge the remaining gaps so we can move forward to a solution,” said the Greek prime minister.

“I think Europe’s political leadership realises that we need to provide a viable solution, to allow Greece to return – with social cohesion and security – to growth and having a sustainable debt,” added Tsipras.

The Greek leader is due to hold further talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday.