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State leader hosts FIFA President in New York

President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc meets President of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) Gianni Infantino in New York. — VNA/VNS Photo

 NEW YORK — President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc received President of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) Gianni Infantino while in New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly’s 76th session.

At the reception, Phúc thanked Infantino for his support for Việt Nam and its football.

Both host and guest recalled the FIFA President’s visit to Việt Nam to congratulate the country’s U23 team after they won a silver medal at the 2018 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U23 Championship in Changzhou, China.

Agreeing with Infantino that football is among the most effective cultural bridges between countries' people, thus contributing to the world peace, Phúc asked FIFA to continue cooperating with and assisting the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) in developing the sport and improving the position of local football teams.

Infantino said Việt Nam’s development policy for sports, including football, has resulted in better soccer achievements and turned Vietnamese teams formidable opponents.

The FIFA President vowed to further collaborate closely with and support the VFF and wished to soon visit the nation again. — VNS

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