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The Pak Banker - - FRONT PAGE - Athens debt talks: EU

The In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund is par­tic­i­pat­ing fully in the on­go­ing talks for a new bailout pro­gramme for Greece, a spokes­woman for the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion said on Fri­day, dis­miss­ing re­ports the IMF could be aban­don­ing the res­cue plan. The talks on a new bailout pro­gramme are on­go­ing "with the IMF present and fully par­tic­i­pat­ing in the talks in Athens," Com­mis­sion spokes­woman Mina An­dreeva told jour­nal­ists in Brus­sels. She said the IMF po­si­tion was un­changed and added that its ap­proach and timetable were "fully com­pat­i­ble with the Euro­pean agenda," which im­plies a deal on a new bailout pro­gramme and then talks on debt re­lief for Greece.

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