Kishida hopes Hiroshima’s G7 summit will be turning point for peace

Tokyo, May 18 (EFE).- Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Thursday that he hopes that the G7 summit in Hiroshima will be a turning point in the efforts of the international community to ensure global peace.

Speaking to reporters at the government headquarters in Tokyo before leaving for the western city, Kishida highlighted the importance of the summit “when the international community is at a historic turning point” as Russia’s war in Ukraine continues and tension with Beijing increases.

“As chair, I would like to face this with a strong determination and resolution to lead the international community, including the G7,” Kishida said as Japan holds the rotating presidency of the Group of Seven.

The Japanese prime minister highlighted the significance of holding the summit in his native Hiroshima, the first city in history to suffer a nuclear attack, killing around 30 percent of its population in 1945.

“The city of Hiroshima, where the event will be held, was devastated by the atomic bomb, and is a city that is recovering strongly and longing for peace. I want it to be engraved in history,” Kishida said before heading to the airport.

Later Thursday, Kishida will meet United States President Joe Biden. They are expected to discuss the response capabilities of their countries’ alliance amid growing concerns over China and North Korea, public broadcaster NHK reported.

The leaders of the G7, made up of Germany, Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom, will meet Friday to Sunday to address issues such as the war in Ukraine, the growing influence of China and recent concerns about bank collapses and the proliferation of artificial intelligence.

The group will be accompanied by a record number of partners, including Brazil, India, South Korea and Australia, with whom they seek to strengthen their cooperation. EFE


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