Zelenskyy in Hiroshima to attend G7 summit

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is in Japan to attend the G7 Hiroshima Summit. As the chair of the meeting, Japan's Prime Minister Kishida Fumio hopes to directly convey the group's commitment to supporting Ukraine.

Zelenskyy arrived in Hiroshima on Saturday afternoon and started meeting the leaders individually. Japan's government says he will attend two G7 sessions on Sunday.

One focuses on the war in Ukraine, and the other is an outreach session on global peace and stability. He is also expected to meet one-on-one with Kishida. Ukraine's government has told local media that Zelenskyy will also meet US President Joe Biden.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told NHK she urged Zelenskyy to attend the summit.

Von der Leyen said, "I recommended strongly to come here to Japan, to go to Hiroshima, the city of peace and to meet here the leaders because this is the place where we should discuss how to get to a just peace."

On the second day of the summit, the heads of eight invited countries and other representatives joined the G7 leaders.

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida said, "I am very happy to welcome people from partner countries and international organizations to Hiroshima. At this session, I would like to discuss how we can take united responses to the complex crises facing the world."

Those challenges include the food crisis caused in part by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Energy security was also on the agenda at Saturday's meeting.