December 15 – The Qatar Football Association (QFA) has added another co-operation agreement to its growing list of federation alliances, signing a memorandum of understanding with the Iranian football association (IFF).
Qatar has recently signed similar agreement with QFA recently signed a series of agreements with the football federations in Oman, Uzbekistan, Korea, Japan, Iraq, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and the Czech Republic.
With the wider political and commercial blockade led by its Gulf neighbours Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates still in force, the QFA has nevertheless found solidarity in the wider football world as it seeks to widen its Asian and global relationships.
Under the new collaboration a joint working group will be formed which will study the legal frameworks in detail in order to activate the agreement.
At a signing ceremony at the Al Bidda Tower in Doha attended by IFF President Mehdi Taj and QFA President Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed al-Thani, the emphasis was on mutual co-operation to further develop the sport in both countries. Iran is an AFC powerhouse in terms of performance. Qatar, as hosts of the 2022 World Cup, have become a powerhouse of football politics and have a driving ambition to develop their own national game and team.
Both federations stressed the importance of the relationship between the two of them and how football plays a key role in promoting bilateral relations between all federations.
“We look forward to co-operate with QFA in various areas which will strengthen the Qatari-Iranian relations,” said Taj.
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