I am honoured to greet the Peace Memorial Ceremony and to pay tribute to the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
Seventy-five years ago, a single nuclear weapon visited unspeakable death and destruction upon this city.
The effects linger to this day.
This city and its people, however, have chosen not to be characterized by calamity, but instead by resilience, reconciliation and hope.
As unmatched advocates for nuclear disarmament, the hibakusha have turned their tragedy into a rallying voice for the safety and well-being of all humanity.