Greece was at a "critical point" President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias said on Tuesday during his meeting with Alpha Bank Chairman Yiannis Costopoulos.
"We must first cross to the other shore and then sort things out," he added.
Costopoulos referred to his bank's merger with Eurobank, explaining that the first big foreign investment in Greece had finally been made and expressed hope that this investment will soon be completed in spite of the difficulty of the time.
He pointed out that new bank will have a network of 2,500 branches and was strong in the Balkans, whereas National Bank of Greece had a strong presence in Turkey.