CAIRO, January 29. /TASS/. The days of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly in Egypt kicked off on Saturday with an opening ceremony of a film festival at the Russian House in Cairo with the participation of Soviet and Russian chess player, 12th world champion Anatoly Karpov.
The festival opened with the screening of the Champion of the World motion picture (2021) by director Alexey Sidorov which won Russia’s Golden Eagle National Film Award for best picture on Friday. This film about the 1978 dramatic and legendary world chess championship was presented by Karpov, the movie’s main protagonist.
As Eurasian Peoples' Assembly Secretary General Andrey Belyaninov told a TASS correspondent, the assembly "is created without the participation of countries." "This is indeed popular diplomacy or, as they say nowadays, soft force," he noted.
He added that more people are joining the assembly noting that an agreement was signed with the Association of Arab Universities. According to Belyaninov, the assembly’s program includes, among others, "youth and educational exchanges."
The Eurasian Peoples' Assembly is an international union of non-governmental organizations and citizens with an active life position who share and promote the ideas and values of Eurasian integration, protection of peace, strengthening friendship, harmony, partnership and good neighborliness between peoples. It was founded on May 27, 2017.