ISLAMABAD: The cooperation between Pakistan and Iran media can play a significant role in bringing the people of two countries closer and help to understand each other in a better way. These views were expressed by a five-number media-delegation visiting from Iran.

The delegation from different Iranian newspapers is on a week-long visit to Pakistan on the invitation of the Islamabad Institute of Strategic Studies (ISSI) and would also visit Gawadar, Quetta, Gilgit and Pak-China border during their stay.

The delegation included Morteza Naghikhani from Kayhan International, Mohammad Reza Abesh Ahmadlou from Iran Daily, Afshin Majlesi from Tehran Times, Banafsheh Emaeili Hafshejani from Mehr News Agency and Nadir Mazouji from Daily Etalaat.

During a visit to Associated Press of Pakistan Corporation (APPC) Monday, they discussed opportunities for cooperation between both countries’ media, journalists exchange programmes and training courses.

The delegation took a keen interest in knowing about the working, objectives and achievements of the APPC and the way the premier news agency of the country was contributing to disseminate the credible news among the readers.

APPC Executive Director Sohail Ali Khan briefed the delegation about the objectives, performance and future projects of the news agency and said that the news agency was responsible to distribute authentic and credible news among the readers and the news was only released when it was confirmed through reliable sources. He added that the news agency was playing a pivotal role in promoting a soft image of the country through projecting developmental stories and prioritising the national interest.

Listing some future initiatives, the executive director said that the news agency was synchronising with the recent developments in modern technology and focusing on the projects of an e-magazine, web TV and upgrading its website as per latest requirements.

He also said that Pakistan and Iran were enjoying historical and traditional relations which can be further strengthened through joint ventures in the field of media.

APP News Director Muhammad Qamarullah Chaudhary, Coordination Director Muhammad Akram Malik, Information Technology Director Ghawas Khan and other officials were present at the meeting. –Courtesy Pakistan Today

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