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IMF spokesman says no dates for start of official talks with Hungary

International Monetary Fund (IMF) spokesman Gerry Rice said on Thursday that the IMF has not set any dates for the possible start of talks with Hungary regarding financial assistance for the country, Dow Jones reported from Washington on Thursday.

"Before we do that, we have to see signs of tangible steps that show the authorities' strong commitment to engage on all the policy issues relevant to macroeconomic stability," Rice said. 

Rice declined to elaborate on exactly what steps the IMF is seeking from Hungary. 

Prime Ministerial Spokesman Péter Szijjártó said at a press conference earlier on Thursday that the government stands ready to begin talks with the International Monetary Fund and the European Union at any moment, "even at any second."

Szijjártó said that "it is in our interest for the talks to begin as soon as possible" and to conclude an agreement at the earliest possible date as well.