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Minister: Greek bailout talks format still being negotiated between government, lenders

  • An elderly woman shops meat at Varvakios market in Athens, Saturday, July 25, 2015. Greece on Friday invited the International Monetary Fund to participate in its negotiations with European creditors over a vital third bailout. The talks are expected to start next week after a few days' delay and must conclude before Greece faces another big repayment Aug. 20. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

    An elderly woman shops meat at Varvakios market in Athens, Saturday, July 25, 2015. Greece on Friday invited the International Monetary Fund to participate in its negotiations with European creditors over a vital third bailout. The talks are expected to start next week after a few days' delay and must conclude before Greece faces another big repayment Aug. 20. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man pushes a trolley at Monastiraki square in Athens, Saturday, July 25, 2015. Greece on Friday invited the International Monetary Fund to participate in its negotiations with European creditors over a vital third bailout. The talks are expected to start next week after a few days' delay and must conclude before Greece faces another big repayment Aug. 20. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

    A man pushes a trolley at Monastiraki square in Athens, Saturday, July 25, 2015. Greece on Friday invited the International Monetary Fund to participate in its negotiations with European creditors over a vital third bailout. The talks are expected to start next week after a few days' delay and must conclude before Greece faces another big repayment Aug. 20. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)  (The Associated Press)

  • People chat outside a shop in Athens, Saturday, July 25, 2015. Greece on Friday invited the International Monetary Fund to participate in its negotiations with European creditors over a vital third bailout. The talks are expected to start next week after a few days' delay and must conclude before Greece faces another big repayment Aug. 20. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

    People chat outside a shop in Athens, Saturday, July 25, 2015. Greece on Friday invited the International Monetary Fund to participate in its negotiations with European creditors over a vital third bailout. The talks are expected to start next week after a few days' delay and must conclude before Greece faces another big repayment Aug. 20. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)  (The Associated Press)

Greece's labor minister says the format of talks between the government and rescue lenders is still being worked out — confirming a delay in the negotiations for a third international bailout.

Giorgos Katrougalos told private Skai television Sunday that the pre-negotiation discussions were still ongoing.

Bailout negotiators from the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund had been due to start arriving in Athens last Friday to start talks for the new rescue package worth an expected 85 billion euros ($93 billion).

But late Saturday, a government official said talks at a "technical level" were now set to start next Tuesday. The official asked not to be named because the negotiations were ongoing.