Obama, Merkel discuss Greek debt crisis: White House

Obama, Merkel discuss Greek debt crisis: White House
# 07 July 2015 22:24 (UTC +04:00)

"We continue to encourage all sides to participate constructively in those conversations," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, Obama spoke to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras by telephone just before an emergency eurozone summit in Brussels.

Tsipras briefed Obama on Greece's request for a loan to save its economy, according to a Greek government official.

The official said the US president had expressed hopes for a successful outcome to the negotiations between the Greek government and its international lenders.

Merkel said as she arrived for the emergency summit that "we still do not have the basis for negotiations."

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