Armenian President receives UAECF delegation

YEREVAN, 21st February, 2015 (WAM) — President Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia received on Friday a delegation from the UAE Chess Federation (UAECF), headed by its Chairman Saeed Mohammed bin Murshid al Meqbali, in the presence of the UAE Ambassador to Yerevan, Dr. Jassem Mohammed Al Qasimi. President Sargsyan was briefed on the cooperation between the UCF and the Armenian Chess Federation (ACF).

Armenian news agency Panorama Am reported that President Sargsyan welcomed the delegation, expressing satisfaction with the fact that during his meeting with the UAE Ambassador, held a day earlier, he had had a chance to thoroughly discuss a broad range of issues pertaining to Armenia-UAE relations and cooperation prospects, and was very glad that sports, especially chess, was among the areas up for collaboration.

Saeed Al Meqbali noted that he was very impressed with the Armenians’ special inclination towards chess, the first successful experience of introducing chess in the curriculum of secondary schools and, in general, with the nationwide efforts to popularize the culture of playing chess, regardless of age.

According to the UAECF Chairman, the UAE was highly interested in exploring Armenia’s exemplary practice in chess and applying it domestically. He added that UAE businessmen were interested in investing in Armenia’s chess sector. Saeed Al Meqbali said that the sector’s success was also the result of the intensive activities of the Armenian Chess Federation and its president.

President Sargsyan hailed the UAE’s interest and desire to aance Armenian-UAE cooperation in chess. He expressed readiness to support to the maximum programmes for exchange of experience and joint projects.

Following the meeting, President Serzh Sargsyan took part in a signing ceremony for the Memorandum of Cooperation and Understanding between the Armenian Chess Federation and the United Arab Emirates Chess Federation. The document was signed by Smbat Lputian, First Vice President of the Armenian Chess Federation, and UAECF Chairman Saeed Al Meqbali.