News In Brief
| Buenos Aires
Argentina meets deadline for protecting its credit
The government met Saturday's critical deadline for protecting its international credit by reaching an agreement with banks to pay $450 million in overdue interest on its $43.6 billion foreign debt.
Argentina will pay $225 million of the interest from an estimated $1.5 billion reserve fund, and the banks agreed to provide a $125 million loan for 45 days, Economics Minister Bernard Grinspun said at a news conference in Buenos Aires on Friday.
Mr. Grinspun said Argentina deposited the remaining $100 million with creditor banks in the United States last week.