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Kyrgyzstan to take part in commemoration of victims of Hiroshima bombing

Representatives of 80 countries and the European Union plan to attend a ceremony on the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima city in World War II which will take place on August 6. Japan Today reported.

As noted, the representatives of Kyrgyzstan and Zimbabwe will attend the annual ceremony for the first time.

The United States will be represented by the charge d’affaires ad interim from its embassy in Tokyo, as new ambassador William Hagerty is yet to arrive in Japan.

Of the other recognized nuclear powers, Britain, France and Russia plan to send envoys to the annual ceremony.

Sunday’s ceremony at the city’s Peace Memorial Park will begin at 8 a.m. and include a peace declaration read by Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui, who is set to call on all countries to work harder toward achieving a world free of nuclear weapons.

An atomic bomb dropped from a U.S. aircraft detonated over Hiroshima at 8:15 a.m. on August 6, 1945, killing an estimated 140,000 people by the end of that year.