Israelis and Palestinians meet at FIFA’s offices

The FIFA Monitoring Committee Israel-Palestine, comprising representatives from the Israel Football Association and the Palestinian Football Association, led by their respective presidents Ofer Eini and Jibril Rajoub, held its first meeting on Wednesday at FIFA headquarters in Zurich, under the chairmanship of Tokyo Sexwale and in the presence of FIFA President Sepp Blatter.
The FIFA Monitoring Committee was set up following the intense mediation work by Blatter and the subsequent approval by the 65th FIFA Congress.
During the meeting, the FIFA Monitoring Committee discussed details related to its mandate and clarified its composition.
“This is a new era, there is a different feeling in the room with the two associations talking to each other,” said Blatter. “There was a clear consensus at the Congress that a solution should be found. FIFA will continue its tireless efforts to bring both member associations together to reach a solution for the benefit of football in the region.”
The Committee will next meet in the Middle East in September.
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