NNA director bound for Iran: to boost cooperation between two countries

JANUARY 12, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) The National News Agency Director, Laure Sleiman Saab left Beirut on Monday heading to Tehran on a week-long visit, upon the invitation of the Iranian news agency (IRNA), to discuss means to strengthen the existing cooperation between the two agencies at the media level.

At the airport, Sleiman said a cooperation agreement was signed with the Iranian news agency during the Iranian president’s visit to Beirut, among the several agreements signed by Lebanon.

“The agreement with IRNA dwells on cooperation and exchange of news and experiences. We are visiting Iran today as part of this agreement to boost cooperation between the two agencies. We will be holding official gatherings, mainly with the Iranian Minister of Culture and Guidance, along with other meetings at the Iranian Foreign Ministry,” Sleiman said.

The Director of IRNA’s Beirut office, who joined Sleiman at the airport, hoped “this visit would enhance existing ties between IRNA and the NNA.”

Pertaining to his assessment of the role of the “National News Agency” in Lebanon, he said “Lebanon is a media center for the Middle East, with varied newspapers and media institutions, and we always benefit from this experience. We believe a democratic media atmosphere prevails in Lebanon and we hope to pursue coordination with the National Agency and other media resources in Lebanon.”