Sep 2, 2018, 12:23 PM
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OANA opportunity for media diplomacy: Iranian News Agency Chief

Tehran, Sept 2, IRNA – Membership in a powerful organization such as the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) is a way to develop media diplomacy, head of an Iranian news agency said.

Managing Director of Mehr News Agency Ali Asgari said the untrue image the adversary media have projected from Iran over the past 40 years since the Islamic Revolution is an isolated country struggling with plethora of problems.

The campaign against Iran to introduce it as a sanction-crippled country has been intensified after Donald Trump and US radicals took power, he said.

Referring to the imminent meeting of OANA in Tehran, Asgari said, 'Development of regional associations in political, economic and social fields nullifies the fabricated image and reflects the real one to the world.'

The 43rd meeting of the executive board of OANA will be hosted by Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) in Tehran on Monday.

'Learning from my experience of traveling around the world, I would firmly say that this is the US that has been isolated, and Islamic Republic of Iran has found new friends,' Asgari said.

An evidence for the regional friends is the OANA meeting that is a body of the most influential groups in the society, he said.

'At an era that the US has waged war with the Asian economies, including China, Russia and India, as well as imposing sanctions on Iran, the Asian countries see themselves in a more urgent need of media alliance,' Asgari said.

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


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