Sep 4, 2018, 12:41 PM
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IRNA candidate for heading OANA: News agency chief

Tehran, Sept 4, IRNA – Iran's state news agency was nominated as a candidate for presidency over the Asia-Pacific media alliance for the period 2022-2025, following South Korea, it was announced Tuesday.

Managing Director of the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) Zia Hashemi made the announcement while addressing the closing session of the 43rd Executive Board of OANA (Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies) in Tehran.

'Given that a number of participating members on the sidelines of the meeting have suggested with goodwill that the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) assume OANA presidency following South Korea, I would like to announce IRNA candidacy for the important responsibility. The decision will officially be submitted to OANA Secretariat by the next general assembly,' Hashemi said.

South Korea is expected to assume the rotating presidency for the coming three years in the next OANA general assembly.

The latest general assembly of OANA was held in 2016 in Baku, during which Republic of Azerbaijan took the helm from Russia.

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.


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