By Jonathan Davies

Japan's Nikkei 225 stock index rose to their highest level in 15 years after growing hopes that a deal on Greece's debt would soon be agreed.

The index closed at 20,809.42 following a 1.9% rise. It is the highest closing score seen by the Nikkei 225 since April 2000.

The rise comes as European leaders met in Brussels to discuss the latest proposals put forward by Greece to secure the final tranche of its €240 billion bailout.

Greece finance minister Giorgos Stathakis told the BBC that he believed the outline of a deal had been agreed, with finer details to be worked out in the coming days.