Somali foreign minister visits Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

by Toshiko Bajo, Staff Writer

Ali Ahmed Jama, 58, foreign minister of the interim government of Somalia in East Africa, a country which has struggled with civil war for nearly 20 years, visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum on February 12.

Mr. Ali, escorted by Toshihiko Kunishige, deputy director of the museum, looked at the exhibits while carefully reading each explanatory panel. He showed particular interest when listening to an explanation about the recovery process of Hiroshima from the devastation of the atomic bombing.

"I was surprised to learn about the destruction wrought by the atomic bombing," the foreign minister said. "We keenly feel the preciousness of peace since my country continues to be in conflict for quite some time. I would like to cooperate with Hiroshima for the cause of nuclear abolition."

After touring the museum, Mr. Ali visited the A-bomb Dome, and later gave a speech on the current situation of Somalia in Higashi Hiroshima City.

(Originally published on February 13, 2010)

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