ATHENS: Greece was gunning for a weekend deal with its EU-IMF creditors on a lingering reform audit that has held up billions of euros in loans since last year, an official said on Friday.

“The goal is to reach an accord by Sunday,” Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras told AFP.

The latest talks on Greece’s four-year bailout programme began in September, and have been held up by disputes on several fronts including market liberalisation and further civil service layoffs.

The quarterly EU-IMF audits determine whether or not Greece receives the next instalment of rescue funding.—AFP