The UAE and Israeli football federations signed a memorandum of understanding during a grand ceremony held in Dubai, the official Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported on Monday.
The ceremony was attended by President of the Emirates Football Association Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, FIFA President Gianni Infantino, and President of the Israeli Football Association Oren Hasson, according to WAM.
The cooperation agreement is a continuation of the efforts of the Emirates Football Association to strengthen relations with various national federations in the world with the aim of developing the football system and benefiting from the expertise to raise the technical, administrative and organizational level of the various football tournaments, and to enhance joint cooperation between the two countries in all sectors, including the sports and football sectors, WAM reported.
The declaration added that the cooperation agreement will establish friendly matches for all national teams and clubs and joint workshops for the technical and administrative members of the federations. It will also launch development initiatives that contribute to supporting the course of the game in the two countries.
Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi expressed his happiness at the signing of the bilateral agreement with the Israeli Football Association.
“I feel optimistic for the success of this agreement that serves the game in our two countries,” Al Nauiami added.
Israeli FA President Hasson said that attending in the United Arab Emirates was a dream two months ago and now it has turned into reality.
“We are happy with this step, calling on everyone to visit Tel Aviv to build strong relations and let future generations know that football unites peoples and is a common language of peace,” Hasson added.
FIFA President Infantino described the day as a historic and unprecedented moment, and one of the most important moments of football and its history.