Europe has spent more than enough time on Greece and now needs to focus on bigger issues such as terrorism, rising security issues in the Middle East and Iran's nuclear program, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi told CNBC.
Speaking to CNBC in Brussels soon after a preliminary third bailout deal for Greece was announced, Renzi said it was ridiculous to have so many meetings on a debt deal for Athens when there were so many other pressing security issues.
"At a time when in Egypt we have the bombs against Italy's consulate (and against) Western communities, and at a time in which there is a possibility of agreement in Vienna about Iran, in the moment in which there are a lot of problems in Ukraine or in other part, other region of the world, it is absolutely important that Europe plays a role, it is impossible to spend four meetings (discussing Greece)," he said.
His comments come at a time of fraught negotiations not only in Europe over Greece, but between world powers over Iran's contested nuclear program where a deal is believed to be close. Other security issues in the Middle East and Northern Africa, such as the increasing frequency of terror attacks, are also concerning.