MINSK, 22 July (BelTA) - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Japan Ruslan Yesin laid a wreath at the monument to the victims of the atomic bombings in Hiroshima, BelTA learned from the Belarusian foreign embassy in Tokyo.
After the ceremony, the diplomat answered questions of Japanese journalists who asked about the current bilateral relations and Belarus' position on topical issues of international politics.
On the same day, the Ambassador met with Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui. During the meeting, the diplomat noted that bilateral interregional contacts have noticeably expanded in recent years and a number of joint projects have been implemented. The ambassador thanked the city authorities for approving in 2021 the transfer of the earth capsules from Hiroshima to the crypt of the All Saints Church in Minsk.
When in Hiroshima the Ambassador also met with Takuo Takigawa, director of the Hiroshima Peace Museum, and Tomoko Yanagi, principal of the high school that was close to the epicenter.
The embassy informed that the diplomat also met with So Horie, an eyewitness to the tragic events of World War II, who shared his memories of life after the bombings.
At an extended meeting with members of the Hiroshima Peace Association the Ambassador spoke about Belarus' peace initiatives and efforts to preserve security in the region.
At the end of the visit, the Ambassador left a note in the Hiroshima visitors' book in which he emphasized the importance of strengthening friendship between the Belarusian and Japanese peoples and removing the sanctions against Belarusian citizens and companies.