Mayor of Tehran visits Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

by Junichiro Hayashi, Staff Writer

Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, mayor of Tehran, the capital of Iran and one of the member cities of Mayors for Peace, visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on October 20 and offered flowers at the Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims.

Mayor Qalibaf visited Japan for the first time at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. At Peace Memorial Museum, he looked at such displays as a watch that had stopped ticking at 8:15 a.m., the moment of the explosion, and a panoramic model of downtown Hiroshima right after the bombing. He wrote in the museum’s guest book that we must all work together and make efforts to welcome a day when nuclear weapons have been abolished from the world.

Following his visit to the museum, Mayor Qalibaf met with Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba. Mayor Akiba stressed, “We are opposed to the use of weapons of any kind for the victims of these weapons are ultimately our citizens.” Mayor Qalibaf, who fought on the frontlines of the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988) and saw firsthand the damage caused by chemical weapons, another kind of weapon of mass destruction, stated, “I will spare no effort in helping to create a world without nuclear weapons. Promoting dialogue between cities is an essential step.”

(Originally published on October 21, 2008)

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