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FinMin Staikouras on Greece’s Full Repayment of IMF Debt

ATHENS – Greece completed its repayment of its International Monetary Fund (IMF) debt on Monday, Greek Finance Minister Christos Staikouras said.

Staikouras added in a statement, “A chapter that opened in May 2010, with Greece’s recourse to the Fund for financial support, is now over.”

Commenting on the event, the FinMin said the completion of the payment was “a very positive relationship, a result of the effective economic policy by the current government,” which he said sent a positive message to markets for the state of Greece’s fiscal situation. It also boosts the profile of its public debt and adds a savings of 230 million euros in total to the state budget, to the benefit of Greek society, he underlined.

Paying off the IMF debt “began, continued, and was completed by the government of New Democracy,” Staikouras noted. At the same time, he said, the government continues, despite the great obstacles and external challenges, to move ahead “decisively and with confidence in its economic and social forces, to make Greece stronger all around, with an economy that is more productive, extroverted, and socially more fair.”

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