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Beirut: The first Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Associations Committee meeting was held in the Lebanese capital Beirut on Saturday, August 26, 2017 under the chairmanship of Hachem Haidar (LIB).

The AFC Associations Committee was ratified as a Standing Committee by the AFC Congress in May 2017 in Manama, Bahrain, and its main role is dealing with the relationship between the AFC and its Member Associations.

The Committee will also aid Member Associations to adhere to their respective Statutes and those of the AFC, as well as by making proposals for closer cooperation between the AFC and its Member Associations.

“This Committee’s role is crucial and directly connected to the ambitious AFC Vision and Mission which sets out Member Association Development as one of its key objectives,” said Mr Haidar, who is also the President of the Lebanese Football Association.

Some of the Committee’s key recommendations to the AFC Executive Committee included the introduction of 'awareness' workshops in the five AFC zones for government sports officials, addressing the need for protecting the autonomy of the AFC Member Associations.

The recommendations also included regular bilateral meetings between the AFC and its Member Associations to forge closer relationships.

The Committee also agreed to assist the Northern Mariana Islands Football Association in its dialogue with FIFA regarding membership.