July 6, 2015 / 6:09 AM / 2 years ago

Greek PM says Athens ready to return to negotiating table

'No' supporters watch Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras speaking on TV at Zappeion conference centre in Athens, Greece July 5, 2015.Jean-Paul Pelissier

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras hailed a 'No' vote in Sunday's referendum on a bailout offer and said his government was ready to return immediately to negotiations with creditors in a bid to get shuttered banks open again.

Dismissing talk that the referendum was effectively a vote on whether Greece stays in the euro, Tsipras said the mandate that Greeks had given him was to reach a viable solution rather than clash with Europe.

"With the difficult circumstances prevailing today you made a very brave choice," Tsipras said in a televised address to Greeks. "I'm fully aware the mandate you gave me is not one of a rupture with Europe but a mandate to strengthen our negotiating position to seek a viable solution."

Tsipras said he would ask the country's president to summon a meeting of political party leaders to brief them on the situation.

Reporting by Karolina Tagaris and Michele Kambas, Writing by Deepa Babington

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