Euclid Tsakalotos says negotiations are concluded and agreement has been reached ahead of meeting with eurozone ministers at the end of May
Greece has reached a preliminary deal with its creditors that should pave the way for long-awaited debt relief talks, the Greek finance minister said on Tuesday.
The negotiations are concluded, Euclid Tsakalotos told reporters, according to state agency ANA.
After overnight talks, Tsakalotos said a preliminary technical agreement had been achieved ahead of a 22 May meeting of eurozone finance ministers, which is required to approve the deal.
Tsakalotos added he was certain that the agreement would enable Greece to secure debt relief measures from its creditors, which he has said is vital to spearhead recovery in the countrys struggling economy.
A compromise is required to unblock a tranche of loans Greece needs for debt repayments of 7bn ($7.6bn) in July.
Under pressure from its creditors the European Union, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund the government agreed earlier this month to adopt another 3.6bn ($3.8bn) in cuts in 2019 and 2020.
Athens conceded fresh pension and tax break cuts in return for permission to spend an equivalent sum on poverty relief measures.
A government source on Tuesday said pensions are to be cut by 9% on average, ANA said.
The measures are to be approved by parliament by mid-May.
However, prime minister Alexis Tsipras has said he will not apply these cuts without a clear pledge later this month on debt-easing measures for Greece.
Athens also hopes to be finally allowed access to the European Central Banks asset purchase programme, known as quantitative easing, or QE, to help its return to bond markets.
Over 10,000 people demonstrated against the cuts on Monday, and a general strike is to be held on 17 May.
Greece and its creditors agreed a third, 86bn ($94bn) bailout deal in July 2015.
But the IMF has so far refused to take part after two prior programmes on the grounds that the targets were unrealistic and Athens debt mountain unsustainable.
Additional debt relief for Greece has proved a contentious point for many of its European creditors including Germany, where additional concessions are unpopular with a general election looming in September.