Mikhail Gorbachev presented Yusuf Islam with the “Man for Peace” award at the opening of a meeting of Nobel Peace Prize laureates.
The former Soviet leader kissed the singer on the cheeks and praised him for standing by his convictions despite personal hardships.
The British musician was expelled from the United States in September after authorities diverted his London-to-Washington flight to Maine to remove him, saying he was suspected of ties to terrorism.
The musician is the founder of Small Kindness, a charity to raise money for children and families suffering from poverty and war in the Balkans and Middle East.
He has also donated money to victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and to the fight against AIDS in South Africa.
How extremely ironic.
The thought that this man of peace was not allowed to enter the US because of suspicions that he has ties to terrorism is just so ridiculously stupid.