Europe

Greece says last obstacles lifted for rescue loan payout

Pedestrians walk in front of a civil registry office as Greek flags are displayed for sale in the foreground at Athens' main port of Piraeus on Monday, June 6, 2016. Bailout lenders on Monday were reviewing new Greek austerity measures demanded to release the next installments of rescue loans for Athens. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Pedestrians walk in front of a civil registry office as Greek flags are displayed for sale in the foreground at Athens' main port of Piraeus on Monday, June 6, 2016. Bailout lenders on Monday were reviewing new Greek austerity measures demanded to release the next installments of rescue loans for Athens. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)  (The Associated Press)

Greece's left-led government says it expects within hours to conclude talks with its European creditors that will secure a rescue loan installment, without which the country would be unable to pay its debts next month.

Government spokeswoman Olga Gerovassili says all outstanding issues have been resolved and negotiations are expected to be completed Tuesday.

She says this will allow the start Wednesday of the necessary approval process for the deal by the parliaments of European countries participating in Greece's bailout.

Greece has depended on bailouts since it lost bond market access in 2010. The money is conditional on cutbacks that have reined in overspending but also cost a million jobs and shrunk the economy by a quarter.

The government recently passed a new round of tax hikes and pension reforms.