In exchange, Athens asked for a 29 billion euro loan to cover all its debt service payments due in the next two years.
               
In the letter, seen by Reuters, Tsipras asked to keep a discount on value added tax for Greek islands, stretch out defence spending cuts and delay the phasing out of an income supplement to poorer pensioners.

"As you will note, our amendments are concrete and they fully respect the robustness and credibility of the design of the overall programme," the leftist Greek leader wrote.
               
Euro zone finance ministers were due to discuss the Greek request on a conference call at 1530 GMT, but the initial reaction from ministers and senior officials was that the letter contained elements that ministers would find hard to accept.
               
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Greece had not fulfilled its obligations but the door for negotiations remained open.
               
With long queues forming at bank machines a day after Greece became the first advanced economy to default on the IMF, and signs that supplies of bank notes were running low, Tsipras has been under growing political pressure to reach a deal.
               
Although his letter was dated June 30, it arrived after the 19 Eurogroup ministers had ended a conference call on Tuesday evening. An EU official said it had been received around midnight, when the country's international bailout expired when it defaulted on an IMF repayment.

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