Italian Foreign Minister expresses hopes for Speakers Summit in Hiroshima

by Masayoshi Ishikawa, Staff Writer

Franco Frattini, Foreign Minister of Italy, visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on June 28 after attending the G8 Summit of Foreign Ministers held in Kyoto.

Mr. Frattini met with Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba at the International Conference Center Hiroshima and then, escorted by Mayor Akiba, offered a wreath at the Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims. He also toured Peace Memorial Museum, studying such exhibits as a watch which had stopped at 8:15 a.m., the moment the atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima, and panoramic photos depicting the devastated city in the aftermath of the bombing.

Mr. Frattini commented on the G8 Summit of Lower House Speakers in Hiroshima in September, saying, “It will be an important opportunity for legislators to increase their awareness of the nuclear threat and the necessity of nuclear weapons abolition.”

On the same day, Khalid Abdlrahman Al-Akwa, Assistant Deputy Foreign Minister of Yemen, who was in Japan at the invitation of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also visited Peace Memorial Park and toured Peace Memorial Museum and the A-bomb Dome.

(Originally published on June 29, 2008)