Libya invites Israel to international chess competition
Muammar Gadhafi's son, Saadi, has invited the Israeli chess team to Libya to participate in World Chess Championships this summer.
The international competition will take place between June 18-July 13 in Malta and Libya.
Gadhafi issued his statement following extensive talks with the heads of the World Chess Federation (FIDE). Entry permits will be issued to anyone wishing to participate in the world championships. Israel is considered particularly strong is chess, and thus the FIDE chiefs insisted that its team be allowed to participate in the games in Tripoli.
Spokesman for the Israel Chess Federation, Yerech Tal, said in response that "the association is in constant contact with the Israeli Foreign Ministry and the decision on whether to accept the Libyan invitation will be made following consultations with Israeli security bodies and the players themselves."
Among the Israeli players who may travel to Tripoli are Emil Sutovsky, Ilya Smirin and Boris Gelfand.