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Eurogroup chief is "positive" on breakthrough in Greek talks

  • Eurozone chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem, center, speaks with Luxembourg Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna, left, and French Finance Minister Michel Sapin at a meeting of European finance ministers, in Valletta, Malta, Friday, April 7, 2017. Dusselbloem said Friday that he was "in a positive mood" about a breakthrough in Greece's difficult bailout talks, but stressed an overall political deal could not be reached at Friday's meeting of finance ministers using the shared currency. (AP Photo/Rene Rossignaud)

    Eurozone chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem, center, speaks with Luxembourg Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna, left, and French Finance Minister Michel Sapin at a meeting of European finance ministers, in Valletta, Malta, Friday, April 7, 2017. Dusselbloem said Friday that he was "in a positive mood" about a breakthrough in Greece's difficult bailout talks, but stressed an overall political deal could not be reached at Friday's meeting of finance ministers using the shared currency. (AP Photo/Rene Rossignaud)  (The Associated Press)

  • Eurozone chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem, left, and Director-General for Economic Affairs and Competitiveness Carsten Pillath attend a meeting of European finance ministers, in Valletta, Malta, Friday, April 7, 2017. The chief of the eurozone said Friday that he was "in a positive mood" about a breakthrough in Greece's difficult bailout talks, but stressed an overall political deal could not be reached at Friday's meeting of finance ministers using the shared currency. (AP Photo/Rene Rossignaud)

    Eurozone chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem, left, and Director-General for Economic Affairs and Competitiveness Carsten Pillath attend a meeting of European finance ministers, in Valletta, Malta, Friday, April 7, 2017. The chief of the eurozone said Friday that he was "in a positive mood" about a breakthrough in Greece's difficult bailout talks, but stressed an overall political deal could not be reached at Friday's meeting of finance ministers using the shared currency. (AP Photo/Rene Rossignaud)  (The Associated Press)

  • EU Commissioner Pierre Moscovici talks to journalists as he arrives for a meeting of European finance ministers, in Valletta, Malta, Friday, April 7, 2017. Entering the meeting, Moscovici said Friday's meeting was important, "since it is the moment where everybody, I say everybody, must commit to agree on the outlines of a deal",  in Greece's difficult bailout talks. (AP Photo/Rene Rossignaud)

    EU Commissioner Pierre Moscovici talks to journalists as he arrives for a meeting of European finance ministers, in Valletta, Malta, Friday, April 7, 2017. Entering the meeting, Moscovici said Friday's meeting was important, "since it is the moment where everybody, I say everybody, must commit to agree on the outlines of a deal", in Greece's difficult bailout talks. (AP Photo/Rene Rossignaud)  (The Associated Press)

The chief of the eurozone says that he is "in a positive mood" regarding Greece's difficult bailout talks, but stressed an overall political deal could not be reached at Friday's meeting of finance ministers using the shared currency.

Greece's prime minister said that if a breakthrough on plans to pay Athens the next bailout installment fails to materialize over the next days, the eurozone should hold a special summit of government leaders.

Eurozone chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem said that "the good thing is that we have achieved results" over the past days.

"I am in a positive mood to give you a sense," he told reporters as he was entering the informal meeting to brief the 19 finance ministers.