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Saudi, Russian press agencies sign cooperation deal

SPA and Itar-Tass agree to exchange news, photos and information

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The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) and its Russian Itar-Tass counterpart signed on Wednesday a memorandum agreement for the exchange of news and information.

SPA President Abdullah bin Fahd Al-Hussein Director General of Russian Itar-Tass News Agency Sergei Mikhailov signed the cooperation deal side-lines of the IV News Agencies World Congress (NAWC) held in Saudi capital Riyadh, SPA reported.

“The memorandum aims to cooperate in the field of news, photos, and the exchange of services and information between the two agencies,” SPA reported.

The agreement, attended by the Russian Ambassador Oleg Ozerov, was an extension of previous cooperation since 2003, the SPA added.

More than 70 news agencies and media outlets throughout the world attended this year’s NAWC conference to discuss “new market products and services,” “social media and other news digital platforms”, “views of Arabic newscasters about news agencies,” “capitalizing on new opportunities” and “how can news agencies support newspapers’ future needs.”