Talks with IMF focused on economic-financial issues


Informal talks were held with IMF officials in Washington over the past two days and it was clearly agreed that the discussions should focus on economic-financial issues, minister without portfolio Tamás Fellegi told MTI on Friday.

Fellegi said he had met director of the IMF's European Department Reza Moghadam, executive director Willy Kiekens and head of the IMF mission chief on Hungary Christoph Rosenberg. The discussions were focused on when and under what conditions the IMF would start talks with Hungary about a precautionary credit agreement, he added.

"The positions have moved considerably closer. I can say that we have definitely agreed that the coordination talks concern an economic-financial package and the preparations for this, and it is not in the IMF's interest, either, to propose conditions of a political nature which would hinder the start of economic-financial talks," Fellegi said.

He said the sides must concentrate on economic and economic-governance issues. Hungary has made the necessary compromises in connection with ongoing infringement procedures and there is no obstacle to starting the talks, he added. Hungary is not playing for time and it is dedicated to starting the talks as soon as possible and successfully completing them, Fellegi said.

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