On Saturday, the G-7 meeting is being held at Peace Park in Hiroshima. The Prime Minister unveiled Gandhiji’s statue on the second day of his visit, before attending the meeting. India gave the statue as a gift as a symbol of friendship between Japan and India. The statue was given as a gift by New Delhi to convey the message that the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 so that the incident does not happen again and good relations are maintained between the two countries. Thousands of people visit the place where this statue is installed every day. Gandhiji’s bust was erected to spread his message of peace and non-violence among them.
India’s Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the statue of Gandhiji as a symbol of Japan’s friendship and good relations with India. According to the Ministry of External Affairs of India, Gandhiji dedicated his life to peace and non-violence. Where this statue is placed will speak volumes about his principles and ideals.
When Narendra Modi unveiled the statue, he was accompanied by Special Adviser to the Prime Minister Nakatani Gen, Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui, Hiroshima City Assembly Speaker Tatsunori Motani and members of Parliament there and representatives of India. The Indian Prime Minister arrived in Japan on Friday on a three-nation tour. This is the first time after 1974 that an Indian Prime Minister has set foot in Japan. He will also visit Papua New Guinea and Australia.
On this day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks with the heads of state of South Korea and Vietnam. He will then attend the invited part of the G-7 meeting. In the afternoon, he is scheduled to meet with the top leaders of France and Ukraine. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to hold a meeting with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky in Hiroshima for the first time since the start of the war with Russia. He said that India has always been for peace and will remain so till the end.