VALLETTA, April 7 Greece's international lenders
are likely to agree on Friday to send teams of experts back to
Athens to finalise an agreement on reforms that would unlock new
lending to Greece, a euro zone official close to the talks said.
Greece is on its third bailout from euro zone governments
but to get money it has to pass regular reviews of reforms it
agreed to in return for the financing.
The review now under way has been dragging on since the
middle of last year. Euro zone finance ministers will discuss
the latest progress at a meeting in Malta on Friday.
"There will be an agreement today on the missions returning
to Athens, significant progress reached on the package," the
euro zone official, with insight into the negotiations said.
The return of the missions of experts means that they will
be able to finalise what is called a "staff level agreement" on
Greek reforms in exchange for loans, which is necessary for the
ministers to give a political go-ahead to the review and
(Reporting By Jan Strupczewski; editing by Philip Blenkinsop)