ArmInfo. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan received FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who visited our country within the framework of events dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Football Federation of Armenia (FFA).
The Prime Minister welcomed Mr. Infantino's visit to our country, his participation in the events dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the FFA, which testifies to the effective cooperation between FIFA and the FFA. Nikol Pashinyan noted with satisfaction that in recent years about 90 small stadiums have been built in Armenia under the Government programs and with the support of FIFA, "The development of football infrastructure is important not only for sports but also for educational, social and cultural perspectives. The government has initiated radical reforms in the field of healthy lifestyle and attaches importance to the cooperation with FIFA and other international partners," the Prime Minister emphasized.
Thanking for the appreciation, the FIFA President noted that he is visiting Armenia for the first time and is impressed by our country, its rich history and culture. Gianni Infantino stressed the importance of linke between sports and education, noting that FIFA will continue to support Armenia in the development of football infrastructure, contributing to the programs aimed at the formation of relevant atmosphere not only in sports, but also in educational and social directions.
The interlocutors exchanged views on the cooperation agenda. The issue of construction of a national stadium was touched upon. The Prime Minister noted that the construction of a national stadium in accordance with international standards is one of the priorities of the Government, and some work is being done in that direction. The FIFA President stressed the importance of the infrastructure of such a scale in terms of the country's sports reputation, noting that FIFA with its tools will support the process as much as possible. In this context, FFA President Armen Melikbekyan presented the work done so far.
The sides reaffirmed their readiness to strengthen the partnership, emphasizing the important contribution of FIFA Foundation CEO, famous Armenian football player Youri Djorkaeff.
On behalf of FIFA, Gianni Infantino presented the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia with a nominal T-shirt and a nominal ball of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.