U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center left, puts his arm around
Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima.
The G7 Hiroshima Foreign Ministers’ Meeting was held on April 10th and 11th, 2016 at the Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima in Hiroshima. Hiroshima was decided as the first city for the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting because the city is a symbol of peace and nuclear disarmament. It was the first of ten ministerial meetings that will lead to the Ise-Shima G7 Summit on May 26th and 27th, 2016. After the recent attacks on Belgium, one of the key topics was terrorism and violent extremism. Furthermore, other key topics were the refugee issue, disarmament and nonproliferation, maritime security, and regional situations in North Korea, the Middle East, and Ukraine.
The G7 highlighted several treaties, including the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, in order to reaffirm that the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty (NPT) States are committed to reinforcing the terms of the treaties to formulate peace. To further ensure that the proliferation of nuclear arms and capabilities are monitored, the G7 has provided more than $5 million to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). In further relation to the G7 Hiroshima Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the foreign ministers visited and honored the dead at Hiroshima Peace Park and the nearby Atomic Bomb Museum on April 11th. Furthermore, the foreign ministers visited the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island, one of the world heritage sites of Japan.