Hiroshima: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Japan at the invitation of Fumio Kishida to attend the G7 summit, on Saturday unveiled a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Hiroshima. After the unveiling, he paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi.

Speaking to reporters after the unveiling, PM Modi said that even today the world gets scared when they hear the word ‘Hiroshima’.

“I had the opportunity to unveil a statue of Mahatma Gandhi during my visit to Japan for the G7 Summit. Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Hiroshima will carry forward the idea of non-violence.”

“It is a matter of pride for me to know that the Bodhi tree that I gifted to the Japanese PM has been planted here in Hiroshima so that people can understand the importance of peace when they come here. I pay my respects to Mahatma Gandhi.”

The G7 leaders are currently in Japan to attend the G7 summit to be held in Hiroshima from May 19-21.

The summit is an international forum held annually for the leaders of France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Italy and Canada (in order of rotation of the presidency), and the G7 member states of the European Union (EU).

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