Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto announced an economic aid package Monday for Bulgaria, restating his willingness to support reform in the Eastern European nation, Foreign Ministry officials said.

Hashimoto unveiled the package at a meeting in Tokyo with Bulgarian President Petar Stoyanov, currently in Japan as a state guest. Hashimoto praised Stoyanov’s initiative on political and economic reforms and said Japan’s support for Bulgarian reform will hopefully help bring stability and prosperity throughout the entire Balkan region, the officials said.

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