Greece's bailout review must be concluded immediately, the prime minister's office said on Monday, as talks on its fiscal progress resumed amid tensions after the leak of a transcript in which IMF officials apparently mooted tactics to get a deal.
Holding a fragile parliamentary majority, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras hopes to wrap up the review, which will unlock an estimated 5 billion euros in bailout funds and pave the way for talks on debt relief, to convince Greeks that their sacrifices are paying off after six years of austerity.
The five billion euros is needed to repay loans from the International Monetary Fund and maturing bonds to the European Central Bank, as well as unpaid domestic bills.
Greece signed up to a bailout worth up to 86 billion euros in 2015, its third international financial lifeline since 2010, which yanked the country from the brink of leaving the euro zone. So far it has received 21.4 billion euros of an initial 26 billion euro tranche of aid.