Economically struggling Greece says its new prime minister is recovering from an eye operation and will not be able to travel to a critical European Union summit this week.
A doctor for Antonis Samaras says the premier is forbidden from flying after undergoing surgery for a detached retina on June 23, just three days after being sworn in.
Greece's incoming finance minister, Vassilis Rapanos, will also miss the summit after being hospitalized on June 22 following a collapse.
Outgoing Finance Minister Giorgos Zanias, who was a key negotiator for Greece's bailout deal, will attend the summit in his stead.
The country's new foreign minister, Dimitris Avramopoulos, will also attend the June 28-29 summit in Brussels, where Greece had been expected to launch efforts to renegotiate the terms of its austerity-centered EU bailout.
Based on reporting by AP and AFP