BRUSSELS Feb 10 Euro zone lenders and the
International Monetary Fund have reached an agreement between
themselves on a common stance they will present to Greece, a
senior euro zone official said.
A meeting between the lenders and Greek officials is
scheduled for later on Friday, the head of euro zone finance
ministers Jeroen Dijsselbloem said in The Hague.
"There is agreement to present a united front to the
Greeks," the euro zone official said, adding that the outcome of
Friday's meeting with the Greeks was still unclear and it was
unclear if Athens would accept the proposals.
"What comes out of it, we will see," the official said.
A united stance among euro zone governments and the IMF is a
breakthrough because they have differed for months on the size
of the primary surplus Greece should reach in 2018 and maintain
for years later as well as the issue of debt relief.
Those differences have hindered efforts to unlock further
funding for Greece under its latest euro zone bailout programme.
(Reporting By Jan Strupczewski; Editing by Alastair Macdonald)