BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany expects the International Monetary Fund to stay on board in Greece's bailout program to evaluate Athens' reform efforts, a Finance Ministry spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
"Regarding the talks on the second review ... the talks are being held in a very constructive manner, the IMF is already on board and taking part on an operating basis," spokeswoman Friederike von Tiesenhausen told a regular news conference.
Asked whether the German government expected the IMF to remain on board, she said: "Yes, of course."
Von Tiesenhausen denied a media report that some euro zone finance ministers and IMF officials were planning to meet on Friday in Berlin to discuss Greece's bailout.
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She added that debt relief for Greece would not be considered until after the existing bailout program is completed in 2018.
(Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Paul Carrel)