By Jonathan Davies
Greece is hopeful of securing a deal for its final bailout payment by Sunday, according to a government spokesperson.
Greek officials are meeting with EU and International Monetary Fund (IMF) counterparts in Brussels to secure a deal. Gabriel Sakellaridis said that Greece's negotiating team is hopeful that a deal can be agreed by Sunday.
However, European Commission spokesperson Annika Breidthardt said that there are several "open issues" that need to be address before an agreement can be reached.
The parties have been trying to come to an agreement for some months in order to release the final €7.2 billion tranche of Greece's €240bn bailout package.
Greece's creditors, the EU, European Central Bank (ECB) and IMF, want the Greek government to introduce a number of economic reforms as a form of insurance policy on the funds.
But the Syriza party, which was elected in January, vowed to oppose anti-austerity measures.