My dear Ilham Aliyev,

I was pleased upon hearing the news on Your election with overwhelming majority of votes to the post of Azerbaijan President. Accept, please, my heartfelt felicitations with the worthy victory at the Presidential elections. Sure, serving the national interests of Azerbaijan, You will raise the image of your country in the world. I am convinced that under Your leadership your country will develop in the economic and social fields. Your Father, whom I always have been respectful as a great leader, left a good country for you and I am certain that You will continue to develop it.

I shall be visiting Istanbul to take part at the session of Executive Committee of the International Amateur Boxing Association (IABA). IN that session, the IABA will mark my 80th jubilee. Afterwards, I shall participate at the session of Executive Committee of the European Amateur Boxing Association to be held in Russia. On the same day, on November 1, the Russian Box federation will mark my jubilee.

I have discussed possibility of my visit to Baku to congratulate You on this historical day with Agajan Abiyev. I can arrive on 2 November and be back on 4 November. I would like to ask You to spare me moments of tense schedule.

I wish You my best wishes, and Your country – progress, under your leadership.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Anver Choudhri,

President of International Amateur Boxing Association

16 October 2003

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