The mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki called for recently re-elected US President Barack Obama to visit the cities that suffered atomic bombings in World War II.

Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui and Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue met US Ambassador to Japan John Roos and handed a letter addressed to Obama, which touched on the significance of listening to atomic bomb survivors’ testimonies and seeing firsthand the damage caused by the US bombings in August 1945.

“We would like you to communicate from our cities to the rest of the world your unshaken determination to achieve ‘the security of a world without nuclear weapons,’” the letter said.

After the meeting with Roos at the US Embassy in Tokyo, Matsui told reporters that the ambassador said he would convey their message to Obama, while Taue said he felt they received a positive response from the US side.

(This article was published on November 15, 2012)
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