His Holiness Dalai Lama XIV sent his cordial congratulations to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, President of the Republic of Kalmykia, FIDE President:
I would like to congratulate you on the occasion of your recent nomination as the President of Kalmykia. I am confident that after twelve years of your presidency you will further continue your contribution to the economic development of Kalmykia and the prosperity of your people.
I wish you all the best in achieving this important task.
As you are aware, the people of Kalmykia are very close to me and I have beautiful recollections on my visits to your republic.
My prayers are always with your and your nation.
With prayers and best wishes,