Greek FinMin Venizelos meets IMF's Lagarde

Greek government vice president and Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos began his meeting with International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde in Washington late Sunday night (Greek time), earlier than scheduled.

Also present at the meeting was IMF head of the EC-ECB-IMF troika delegation in Greece Poul Thomsen.

In statements on the sidelines of the last day of the sessions of IMF's annual congress, Lagarde stressed that if the Greeks "do not want our advice, then we cannot do anything for them."

Ahead of his meeting with Lagarde, Venizelos met with the Managing Director of the Institute of International Finance (IIF) Charles Dallara with whom he discussed the implementation of the 21th July Eurozone summit decisions.

The Greek government vice president and Finance minister also addressed the IMF's lunch on the issue "Breaking the vicious circle".

Venizelos referred to the reasons and the results of the Greek and European crisis and presented the Greek government and people's efforts and actions for major structural reforms that would create the conditions for Greece to exit from the crisis.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) issued the following statement, after a meeting between Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, late Sunday night in Washington:
"The Managing Director of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, met with Greece’s Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos today in Washington. They discussed the terms under which the IMF mission would return to Athens to undertake the fifth review of Greece’s economic program--most likely this coming week.”

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