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Iran, Lebanon news agencies to boost cooperation

Tehran, Iranian and Lebanese official news agencies signed an agreement to develop bilateral cooperation.

The agreement was signed by Managing Director of the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) Zia Hashemi and his counterpart at Lebanon's National News Agency (NNA) Laure Sleiman Saab on the sidelines of the 43rd Executive Board Meeting of OANA (Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies) in Tehran.

The agreement deals with exchange of news, photos, footages, and other media products, as well as free access to the contents of the two news agencies.

The two sides also vowed to support each other's offices and journalists' activities in Lebanon and Iran.

The 43rd Executive Board Meeting of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) was held in the Iranian capital on September 3.

OANA was founded in 1961 with the goal of facilitating information dissemination in the region, supported by the United Nations cultural entity, the UNESCO.

The organization covering two thirds of the world population has now 44 members from 35 countries of Asia and Oceania.

Iran, as a long-standing member, was the rotating president in 1997-2000.

The period was followed by a term of vice-presidency until 2016. The country is now a member of OANA executive board.

At the meeting, South Korea is expected to assume the rotating presidency for the coming three years.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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