France and Germany say doors for talks open - but Athens has to come up with debt plan

Baku, July 7, AZERTAC 

French President François Hollande and Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, have urged Greece to come up with credible proposals to reach a deal with creditors to stave off a Grexit.

The leaders of the two most powerful economies in the eurozone met on 6 July in Paris a day after the Greek population voted by 61% to 38% to reject the creditors' cash-for-reforms plan.

"The door is open for discussion," Hollande told reporters, standing next to Merkel after talks at the Elysée Palace. He said that both he and Merkel noted that all Greece's mainstream political leaders were in favour of the country remaining in the eurozone.

Hollande added: "It's now up to the government of [Prime Minister] Alexis Tsipras to offer serious, credible proposals so that this will can be turned into a programme which gives a long-term perspective, because Greece needs a long-term perspective in the euro zone with stable rules, as the euro zone itself does.”

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