Blatter thanks UN leader
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FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has expressed his gratitude to the Secretary-General of the United Nations for his attendance at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ and comments about the success of the tournament.

Ban Ki-Moon watched the Opening Ceremony and the Opening Match between South Africa and Mexico at Soccer City, and told FIFA.com afterwards: “It is an absolute honour to be here for the first-ever World Cup on African soil. It’s an extraordinary moment in history.”

In a letter to Secretary-General Ban, President Blatter said: "I would like to express my personal thanks to you for honouring us with your presence at the opening of this historic World Cup.

I dearly hope that we will continue to work together in an excellent spirit of cooperation as we strive to achieve sustainable development.
President Blatter in a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

"I was pleased to have had the opportunity – albeit briefly – to discuss and underline our shared values and faith in football’s potential as a tool in global development work. I also wish to thank you for the statements you have made in relation to the success of the World Cup.”

Blatter stressed that FIFA would continue to use football to aid global development. “I dearly hope that we will continue to work together in an excellent spirit of cooperation as we strive to achieve sustainable development.”