Combating terrorism important area of cooperation in OANA

Beirut, Sept 1, IRNA - Director of Lebanon National News Agency says fighting terrorism is one of the basic areas of cooperation among member states of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) as the main concern in the region.

Speaking with IRNA, Laure Seleiman pointed out the membership of 44 countries in OANA and called the relationships and cohesion among media as useful.

He added, 'OANA's existence is important because this organization is gathering the media in the same place and they exchange their views, share their abilities and this is paving the way for signing of bilateral or multilateral agreements among Asian news organization.'

Referring to proper relations between OANA and members, Suleiman stated,' Lebanon is not an old member of the organization and we joined OANA in 2013 and the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) suggested that we join the coalition and other members accepted this offer.'

'If there were no organization such as OANA, we would perhaps not have the chance to cooperate with Azerbaijan Republic or China because these countries are far away in distance so Lebanon has OANA as a channel for cooperation with other members.'

She referred to professional goals not the political ones as the main advantage of OANA stating,'This approach leads to more success of the organization and paves the way for the realization of these goals. Getting engaged with political issues causes the ineffectiveness of the organization.'

Director of Lebanon National News Agency referred to the exchange of news as one of the main areas of cooperation among the members and stated, 'News agencies are sending and publishing their news based on importance and relevance. This kind of cooperation can be seen among news agencies.'

He pointed to communicative technological progress and its relation to functions of news agencies as one of the subjects of discussion and expressed that while newspapers are losing their credit in the shadow of technological progress and expansion of the Internet, news agencies use technologies which help them strengthen their abilities.

he 43rd meeting of the executive board of Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) will be hosted by the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) in Tehran on September 3.

The day-long meeting will be attended by heads and senior officials of 18 news agencies from Russia, Republic of Azerbaijan, China, Qatar, Turkey, Oman, Mongolia, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Bulgaria, and the Iranian Mehr News Agency.

Most of the participating news agencies are members of the executive board, and some are invited as the observers and special guests in Tehran meeting.

The OANA was founded in 1961 with the goal of facilitating information dissemination in the region, supported by the UN cultural entity, the UNESCO. The organization covering two thirds of the world population has now 44 members from 35 countries of Asian and Oceania.

Iran, as a long-standing member, has been 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.

The last (16th) general assembly of OANA was held in Azerbaijan's capital city, Baku, in 2016 to submit the presidency to the Central Asian country.

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

The executive board comprises of 13 members with Azertac, ITAR-TASS, Xinhua, Yonhap and Anadolu as its current board of directors members.


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