July 20, 2020 / 12:36 PM / 16 days ago

Spain's PM hopeful of EU summit deal in coming hours

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez arrives for the first face-to-face EU summit since the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Brussels, Belgium July 19, 2020. Francois Walschaerts/Pool via REUTERS

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is hopeful that a deal on the European Union recovery fund will be reached in the coming hours, he said on Monday as he arrived for a fourth day of talks with fellow EU leaders in Brussels.

“It’s clear we need an agreement, I hope in the next hours,” he said.

Finding a compromise will require determination, dialogue and empathy, he said, adding he was confident of reaching an agreement that satisfies the needs of citizens and financial markets.

Reporting by Nathan Allen and Emma Pinedo in Madrid; Editing by Ingrid Melander

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