Welcoming French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire at the Maximos Mansion on Monday, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said his initiative was very important and that a solution for Greece was closer than ever. Replying, Le Maire agreed that a solution "was not at all far" and that it must be found before June 15.
The Prime Minister stressed that "we are close to a solution, more than ever, a solution that will correspond to the sacrifices of the Greek people, a solution for the Greek debt, and this solution will not only be for Greece but for all Europe."
"It is feasible to find this solution at the Eurogroup next Thursday," he noted, during their brief dialogue before the cameras on the steps of the Maximos Mansion. Taking the matter to the European leaders' summit would give greater chances of a solution but "dramatising" the problem would not benefit anyone, he added.
The Greek Prime Minister added that "Europe has gone through great difficulties, but has endured" and "now has to prove that it can solve its problems by itself, it can find solutions and look ahead."
"We are at a time when Europe needs to look ahead, look at the future, and I believe that the latest developments make us more optimistic," the prime minister underlined.