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Football can bring world nations closer: Iranian President

Source: Press TV

Iranian President Hassan Rohani says soccer can bring world nations closer to each other and boost cultural exchanges among them. "Soccer is no more plainly regarded as a sport. Soccer seeds are the countries' ambassadors of peace playing on the pitch in different parts of the world," Rohani said in a meeting with FIFA President Sepp Blatter in Tehran on Wednesday.

Iranian President Hassan Rohani (R) meets FIFA President Sepp Blatter in Tehran on November 6, 2013

The Iranian president further noted that soccer goal post is not simply a structure to net the ball, but rather a gate for the establishment of peace and friendship among world nations.

"We should attach greater significance to diplomacy in the fields of sports and culture in particular," he stated.

Rohani also described Iran as a country gifted with sports potential, stressing that the Islamic Republic is ready to host various soccer, futsal and beach soccer tournaments.

Blatter, for his part, said that FIFA seeks to launch a social, cultural and sports movement among world nations through soccer.

"For that reason, FIFA's motto is a better future for the entire world," the 77-year-old FIFA president pointed out.

He said soccer matches can play an effective role in the establishment of peace among world countries and nations.

Blatter, who is in Iran for a two-day visit, was greeted by a number of senior Iranian sports officials upon arrival at Tehran's Mehrabad Airport early on Wednesday.

He is accompanied by President of the Asian Football Federation (AFC) Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and several senior FIFA figures.

Blatter is scheduled to meet with Iran's Acting Sports and Youth Minister Nasrollah Sajjadi and Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani on Thursday.

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