Japan will host a Group of Seven summit under its presidency in Hiroshima between May 19 and 21 next year, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday in Germany.

Next year's summit is intended to send a message of peace from Hiroshima, one of the two nuclear-bombed cities in Japan during World War II, as Russia has dangled the threat of nuclear weapons since it invaded Ukraine in late February.

Hiroshima will host a gathering of G7 leaders for the first time. The group includes three nuclear powers — Britain, France and the United States — as well as Canada, Germany, Italy and Japan, plus the European Union.