- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

President Obama urged the Greek prime minister and German Chancellor Angela Merkel by phone Tuesday to find a solution to Greece’s debt crisis.

Mr. Obama told Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that “it is in everyone’s interest that Greece and its creditors reach a mutually-acceptable agreement,” the White House said.

Mr. Tsipras gave the president an update about his ideas for “a path forward between Greece and its creditors.”

Euro zone officials were meeting Tuesday with Greek leaders to discuss solutions, but Germany said there was still no basis for talks of a new bailout. The EU had urged Greece to submit fresh plans after its people rejected a draft bailout in a referendum.

The White House said Mr. Obama and Mrs. Merkel agreed on the need for “a durable agreement that will allow Greece to resume reforms, return to growth, and achieve debt sustainability within the Eurozone.”

Germany is Greece’s largest creditor.

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