Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has commented on the country's multi-billion euro bailout deal, saying he's optimistic Greece will get the support it needs. Kirsty Basset reports.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has spoken for the first time about his country's third bailout deal, potentially worth up to 86 billion euros. Greece expects the deal to be approved by August 20, when a 3.2 billion euro payment to the ECB is due. It needs to be passed by Greece's parliament on Thursday night and then by euro zone finance ministers on Friday. (SOUNDBITE)(Greek) GREEK PRIME MINISTER, ALEXIS TSIPRAS, SAYING: "Despite the great difficulties that we had throughout this period, despite the obstacles that some people even now seem intent on placing before us, I am optimistic and remain optimistic that we will get to an agreement and receive loan support from the European mechanism, which will put a final end to economic uncertainty." He didn't say who was trying to scupper the deal. The German government has welcomed the agreement, but says it must study it further before deciding if it's ready to get the stamp of approval from its parliament. IG Senior Analyst, Chris Beauchamp. (SOUNDBITE)(ENGLISH) IG SENIOR MARKET ANALYST CHRIS BEAUCHAMP SAYING: "There is a coalition of the willing if you like among European countries to take a stand against Gemany and their demands for or refusal for any debt relief. So I think there is now political will to try and find a solution that moves beyond the immediate needs of Greece." Negotiations have been under way for months, but EU sources say the mood changed when Euclid Tsakalotos replaced Yanis Varoufakis as finance minister early last month.