Ilyumzhinov: Visit to Syria
The 1st President of Kalmykia, President of the World Chess Federation (FIDE)
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited Syria on 28-29 April 2012. As Mr. Ilyumzhinov noted,
on the 29th April he had a three-hour talk with the President of Syria Bachar
Assad in Damascus. Mr. Assad underlined during the discussion, that he tasked
the Syrian Ministry of Education to sign an Agreement to join the "Chess
in Schools" project with the World Chess Federation. Mr. Ilyumzhinov informed
the "Nezavisimaya Gazeta" that "in early June, as a dedication
to the International Day of Children, we are planning to organize the first
international youth chess tournament, where young players of Arab countries,
will participate, in Damascus". The FIDE President did not exclude the
possibility that Mr. Assad might participate in the opening of the youth chess
event. According to Mr. Ilyumzhinov, "The Syrian President plays chess
very well – since his studies in London".
The President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and President of Syria Bachar Assad
Besides, during the same period, it is planned to organize a chess tournament
for Syrians graduates of the Soviet and Russian universities, at the premises
of the Russian Cultural Centre in Damascus. During the discussion the Syrian
President informed Mr. Ilyumzhinov of his intention to invite H.H. the Dalai
Lama to Syria on an official visit. Ilyumzhinov said: "President Assad
said that on the Syrian territory there is one of the most ancient Buddhist
temples erected about two thousand years ago. He would like to invite H.H. Dalai
Lama to sanctify this temple".
According to President of FIDE, during the discussion, the Syrian President
on a number of occasions has pledged his allegiance to the peace plan of the
situation in the country, proposed by Mr. Kofi Annan.
Also President of FIDE met with the members of the National Chess Team
and President of Syrian Chess Federation Dr. Hani Al-Bitar (second from right).
Previous controversial visit
||Illumzhinov: Gaddafi is alive and well in Tripoli
24.08.2011 – The rebels stormed his compound
in Tripoli, NATO and US Intelligence are searching with satellites and
surveillance drones for him, without success. But in the middle of the
manhunt for Colonel Muammar Gaddafi the President of FIDE received a call
on Tuesday evening. The Libyan dictator told Ilyumzhinov he was alive
and well, and 'certain to win'. His forces would 'drive
the rats out of the city.'
||Ilyumzhinov-Gaddafi encounter: international media reactions
16.06.2011 – News and TV channels picked it
up with glee: while NATO aircraft were (probably) targeting Muammar Gaddafi
directly, the Libyan dictator sat down with the "eccentric" President
of the World Chess Federation for a friendly game. Not really a positive
picture, and harsh criticism has rained on Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. He sees
his visit as a mission of peace and has appealed to people not
to politicize the issue.
||Ilyumzhinov visits the beleaguered Gaddafi
13.06.2011 – In a somewhat precarious move
FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has visited the Libyan leader Muammar
Gaddafi, who is under siege by rebels across the country and by Nato air
strikes. The visit was part of FIDE's “Year of Africa”, and Ilyumzhinov,
who has had good relations with Gaddafi for years, played a game of chess
against his eldest son Muhammad, Libyan
state television reports.
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