Greece's Prime minister Alexis Tsipras takes his seat to attend a gathering at the Agriculture ministry in Athens, Greece, on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)
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Greece and international creditors sought to put final touches to a multibillion euro bailout accord Monday to keep the country financially afloat and meet an important debt repayment to the European Central Bank within days.An agreement would mark the end of a painful chapter on bailout talks for Greece, which fought against austerity terms demanded by creditors for much of the year before accepting a deal under the threat of being bounced out of the eurozone.Greek officials had earlier said they hoped to conclude negotiations with creditors by early Tuesday at the latest.Greek banks could get an initial capital injection soon after a bailout deal is clinched, as much as 10 billion euros, even before the ECB completes a stress test, a eurozone official familiar with the issue said Monday.Greek officials have said that they expect the bailout accord to be approved by Greece's parliament either Wednesday or Thursday and then vetted by the Eurogroup – finance ministers of the eurozone countries – on Aug. 14, paving the way for aid disbursements.
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