IMF “ready to work with Greece”

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is prepared to work with the Greek government to promote its agenda of reforms, its managing director Christine Lagarde told Greek Economy Minister Giorgos Stathakis, according to government sources on Wednesday.

Stathakis is accompanying Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to New York, and travelled with him to Washington, DC on Tuesday in order to meet with Lagarde.

The meeting was the first contact Lagarde had with the new Greek government. According to sources, they discussed recent developments in the Greek economy, bank recapitalisation, the country’s debt and the path to the economy’s revival, while the Greek side reiterated the need to introduce measures for social cohesion.

The meeting, according to sources, was also attended by IMF European department director Poul Thomsen, Greek Ambassador Christos Panagopoulos and Greek representative to the IMF Michalis Psalidopoulos.