President meets top poets
The president of Mongolia, Ts.Elbegdorj, received the representatives of previous Bolor Tsom (Crystal Cup) Poetry Festival winners yesterday on the occasion of launch of the 30th Bolor Tsom Festival, which is beginning today. The representatives included the following poets and writers; D.Uriankhai, D.Tsoodol, Sh.Badarch, T.Galsan, D.Turbat, G.Munkhtsetseg, B.Ichinkhorloo, S.Galsansukh, Sh.Lhamnorjmaa, Kh.Chilaajav, J.Bayarjargal, Ts.Khulan, Kh.Erdenebaatar, and Ts.Bavuudorj. The meeting between the president with the poets also marked the 84th anniversary of the Mongolian Writers Union.
In his statement at the meeting, President Ts.Elbegdorj said, “The Bolor Tsom Festival is a much anticipated poetry festival for Mongolians, and is a bridge to connect readers with the writers. Mongolia is also celebrating the Book Festival Day. I am very grateful that authors, poets, and publishers have become actively involved in this event. Mongolians can now publish their books on our own. This is a remarkable achievement for all Mongolians. If everyone reads books, every family has a library, and the connection between readers and writers is close, this activity will increase further in the future. I am glad that Mongolian writers are highly esteemed not only in Mongolia but in foreign countries. I am happy that I am meeting the representatives of the people who have good hearts and good energy and define the intellectual prospects of our society.
One of the poets participating in the meeting, Kh.Chilaajav, made a speech, saying “We think that president Ts.Elbegdorj is very familiar with literature. His is a journalist by profession and he used to participate in many activities involving literature. He has decreed that we celebrate the Book Festival Day, and the Writers Union and other organizations have been participating actively in this project. This year is the 84th anniversary of the Mongolian Writers Union. The Bolor Tsom festival has supported citizens in seeking intellectual freedom since 1983.”
Another Poet, B. Ichinkhorloo, noted that it is important to protect our native language. Some poets remarked that young poets should be encouraged in European countries and in China, with their remarkable literature heritage. The participants gave copies of their works to the president and were photographed with him.
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