During the meeting on the sidelines of the World Cup 2018 in Russia on Sunday, Soltanifar appreciated Samoura for her hard efforts to pave the ground for releasing the blocked money in the wake of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
He expressed the hope that the money would be paid to the national team of the Islamic Republic of Iran and deposited in the bank account of the Iran’s Football Federation as soon as possible.
According to the Iranian Minister, part of the money is set to be used in the establishment of a football camp in Iran.
Soltanifar also lauded Samoura for her efforts to pave the way for Muslim female footballers to attend international matches in their Islamic Hijab.
Iran must receive $7mln to $8mln in FIFA funds, which are allotted to teams that make it to the World Cup. The funding is aimed at helping prepare the team for the games. But sanctions on Iran’s financial sector have significantly restricted Iran’s ability to be part of any international transaction.