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Merkel, Hollande and Tsipras meet to discuss Greek bailout woes at sidelines of summit

  • French President Francois Hollande, left, is greeted by Latvian President Andris Berzins as he arrives for a formal dinner at the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, on Thursday, May 21, 2015. EU leaders on Thursday will seek new ways to bolster ties with six post-communist nations in Eastern Europe, a year and a half after a previous summit of the Eastern Partnership ended with a fateful standoff over Ukraine. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

    French President Francois Hollande, left, is greeted by Latvian President Andris Berzins as he arrives for a formal dinner at the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, on Thursday, May 21, 2015. EU leaders on Thursday will seek new ways to bolster ties with six post-communist nations in Eastern Europe, a year and a half after a previous summit of the Eastern Partnership ended with a fateful standoff over Ukraine. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)  (The Associated Press)

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for a formal dinner at the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, on Thursday, May 21, 2015. EU leaders on Thursday will seek new ways to bolster ties with six post-communist nations in Eastern Europe, a year and a half after a previous summit of the Eastern Partnership ended with a fateful standoff over Ukraine. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for a formal dinner at the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, on Thursday, May 21, 2015. EU leaders on Thursday will seek new ways to bolster ties with six post-communist nations in Eastern Europe, a year and a half after a previous summit of the Eastern Partnership ended with a fateful standoff over Ukraine. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, left, is greeted by Latvian President Andris Berzins as he arrives for a formal dinner at the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, on Thursday, May 21, 2015. EU leaders on Thursday will seek new ways to bolster ties with six post-communist nations in Eastern Europe, a year and a half after a previous summit of the Eastern Partnership ended with a fateful standoff over Ukraine. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, left, is greeted by Latvian President Andris Berzins as he arrives for a formal dinner at the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, on Thursday, May 21, 2015. EU leaders on Thursday will seek new ways to bolster ties with six post-communist nations in Eastern Europe, a year and a half after a previous summit of the Eastern Partnership ended with a fateful standoff over Ukraine. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)  (The Associated Press)

French President Francois Hollande says he will huddle with his German and Greek counterparts to pave the way for a special eurozone meeting of finance ministers late this month or early June about Greece's bailout woes.

Hollande said at the opening of the Eastern Partnership summit that he will join Chancellor Angela Merkel late Thursday for a friendly discussion with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras "where we need to draft solutions" to be worked out later by the eurozone ministers.

The meeting comes a day after a leading official from Tsipras' party said that Greece will not be able to repay a loan to the International Monetary Fund early next month unless a deal is reached with its creditors to unblock bailout funds.