Kerry to visit Hiroshima for G-7 ministerial talks

Washington, April 2 (IANS) US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Japan later this month to attend a Group of Seven foreign ministers meeting in Hiroshima, the State Department has said.

The foreign ministers of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US will gather from April 10 to 11 to discuss measures to fight terrorism as well as to realise a world without nuclear weapons, The Japan Times quoted a source as saying on Friday.

In Hiroshima, Kerry is expected to visit and lay flowers at Peace Memorial Park, dedicated to the 1945 US atomic bombing of the city, along with Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and other G-7 foreign ministers, the source close to bilateral relations said.

Kerry would be the first US secretary of state to visit the park while in office.

The meeting comes ahead of G-7 leaders’ talks in Japan next month.

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