G7 Hiroshima Summit opens with visit to peace museum

Global leaders have kicked off the G7 Hiroshima Summit with a visit to Peace Memorial Park, including its museum detailing the devastation from the 1945 atomic bombing of the city.

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio explained some of the exhibits during the visit, the first ever to the museum by all G7 leaders as a group.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak posted on social media that it was a deeply moving experience. He said it is important to learn from the past, including its darkest moments.

The initial sessions of the summit focused on the global economy and the war in Ukraine.

Kishida said, "The major theme of this summit is not division and confrontation. It is reaffirming the G7's unity and strengthening our role to ensure a coordinated international community and to hammer out active and concrete contributions to that end."

The leaders discussed new sanctions on Russia. In a joint statement, they say they will broaden their actions to ensure that exports of all items critical to Russia's aggression are restricted across all their jurisdictions.

They also say they will crack down on Russia's diamond trade to reduce its revenues from that resource. They repeat that their support for Ukraine will not waver.

Meanwhile, Ukraine's government told local media that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will attend the summit.

It will be the first visit to Asia for the Ukrainian leader since the start of Russia's invasion in February last year. He is expected to ask G7 leaders directly for more military aid.

The leaders also visited the island of Miyajima, near Hiroshima City. The island is home to Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

At an evening session on the island, the leaders will discuss the situation in the Indo-Pacific, including China, as well as nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.