Baku, December 3 AZERTAC
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum has received a letter of gratitude from U.S. President Barack Obama, who stopped there during his historic visit to the atomic-bombed city last May, museum officials said Friday.
According to Japan Today, Obama became the first serving U.S. president to visit the Japanese city obliterated by a U.S. atomic bomb on Aug. 6, 1945, in the final days of World War II.
In the letter dated Nov 21, Obama wrote, “I visited Hiroshima to reaffirm my commitment to working toward a world without nuclear weapons. We have a shared responsibility to look directly into the eye of history and ask what we must do differently to prevent such suffering from ever happening again.”
The short letter also went to say, “So long as more people take the time to understand the past and embrace compassion, I am confident a brighter, more peaceful future lies ahead.”
Obama expressed gratitude for the gifts the museum gave to him and his wife Michelle, including a book depicting the devastating damage to the city.
Kenji Shiga, museum director who accompanied Obama on his visit, said he felt the president’s “attitude to face the history sincerely.”