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Greece says it aims to reach a bailout deal with creditors by Sunday

  • A man stands next to a graffiti during an anti-austerity rally outside the Ministry of Employment in Athens, Greece, on Thursday, May 28, 2015. Greece says it aims to clinch a deal with its creditors by Sunday, a development that would allow it to receive the desperately needed final installment of its international bailout plan and prevent a default. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

    A man stands next to a graffiti during an anti-austerity rally outside the Ministry of Employment in Athens, Greece, on Thursday, May 28, 2015. Greece says it aims to clinch a deal with its creditors by Sunday, a development that would allow it to receive the desperately needed final installment of its international bailout plan and prevent a default. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man walks through a commercial arcade where the majority of the shops have been shut in Athens, Greece, on Thursday, May 28, 2015. Greece says it aims to clinch a deal with its creditors by Sunday, a development that would allow it to receive the desperately needed final installment of its international bailout plan and prevent a default. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

    A man walks through a commercial arcade where the majority of the shops have been shut in Athens, Greece, on Thursday, May 28, 2015. Greece says it aims to clinch a deal with its creditors by Sunday, a development that would allow it to receive the desperately needed final installment of its international bailout plan and prevent a default. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man holds a banner during an anti-austerity rally outside the Ministry of Employment in Athens, Greece, on Thursday, May 28, 2015. Greece says it aims to clinch a deal with its creditors by Sunday, a development that would allow it to receive the desperately needed final installment of its international bailout plan and prevent a default. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

    A man holds a banner during an anti-austerity rally outside the Ministry of Employment in Athens, Greece, on Thursday, May 28, 2015. Greece says it aims to clinch a deal with its creditors by Sunday, a development that would allow it to receive the desperately needed final installment of its international bailout plan and prevent a default. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)  (The Associated Press)

Greece says it aims to clinch by Sunday a deal with creditors to get more rescue loans.

Government spokesman Gabriel Sakellaridis told reporters at a briefing on Thursday that "we are going into these negotiations with the aim to have a deal by Sunday."

Reports from Greece Wednesday that a deal was near caused a market rally, but the optimism proved short-lived as key creditor states, like Germany, quickly warn that a final agreement remained elusive.

Greece has been in talks for four months on what reforms it should make to get the final installment of its bailout program, worth 7.2 billion euros ($8 billion) from fellow eurozone states and the International Monetary Fund. Without the money, it will be unable to pay debts due as soon as June 5.