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Dijsselbloem: Keeping Greece in eurozone still the objective (Updated)

Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem

Greece’s ‘No’ vote has made discussions with its creditors more difficult, but the aim remains to keep the country in the eurozone, the head of the bloc’s finance ministers said on Monday.

“It doesn’t bring us closer to a solution right away. In fact, when proposals are rejected that only makes things more difficult,” Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem told reporters.

Dijsselbloem said keeping Greece in the eurozone “is still their objective and mine.”

Dijsselbloem, who is also Dutch finance minister, said the Dutch government would discuss a Greek request for additional emergency funding under the European Stability Mechanism (ESM).

“We are going to look, step by step, if we can save the process,” Dijsselbloem said as he headed into a Dutch government meeting. “At the same time, there is a request for an ESM programme.”

Dijsselbloem, asked about the resignation of Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, said he had no personal problems with any individuals in the negotiations with Greece.

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