Sep 13, 2018, 11:46 PM
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Tass chief lauds OANA meeting in Tehran

Moscow, Sept 13, IRNA – Russian news agency ‘Tass’ Director General Sergei Vladimirovich Mikhailov hailed the recent meeting of the Executive Board of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) in Tehran.

Iranian capital city, Tehran, hosted the 43rd meeting of the Executive Board of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) on September 3.

The day-long meeting was attended by heads and senior officials of 19 news agencies from Russia, Republic of Azerbaijan, China, Qatar, Turkey, Oman, Mongolia, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Japan, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Bulgaria, and the Iranian Mehr News Agency.

Speaking to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Mikhailov said fruitful talks were held in Tehran and the main challenges facing reporters these days were discussed during the meeting.

'We reviewed all facilities and opportunities for taking advantage of new technologies for broadcasting,' he added.

He also referred to next round of OANA meeting slated to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam saying multilateral cooperation will be discussed there.

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 in Asia and Oceania.

Iran, as a long-standing member, has been the rotating president of OANA from 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 when the presidency was handed over to the Central Asian country.

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

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