Muscat: His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for Council of Ministers, received yesterday the heads of Arab news agencies participating in the 47th meeting of the General Assembly of the Federation of the Arab News Agencies (FANA).
At the beginning of the meeting, Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said welcomed the guests, stressing the Sultanate’s keenness, under the leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said to support joint Arab action to embody the desired cooperation between all countries of the region, highlighting the vital role played by Arab news agencies and its importance in an era in which the word and image have become the true mirror that reflects the development of any society.
He also praised the media professionals in the Sultanate and the efforts they exert in carrying out their national responsibilities to advance the media work, reviewing the development witnessed by the various Omani media, where it was able to keep pace with the comprehensive development process that the Sultanate is enjoying. He congratulated Dr. Mohammad Al Araimi for assuming the position of FANA Chairman in its new session.
The conversation during the meeting dealt with the importance of the Arab media playing its role in societal awareness, honest news reporting and accuracy in the face of distortion campaigns targeting the negative impact on peoples. Sayyid Fahd stressed the need for concerted Arab efforts and harnessing the media to communicate, understand and build trust between countries.
For their part, the heads of Arab news agencies expressed their thanks for the Sultanate for hosting this meeting, and for the good preparation that contributed to reaching many positive results. They also praised the Sultanate’s constructive role for the success of the Arab media’s march, sending thanks and appreciation and good wishes to His Majesty the Sultan, and commending the achievements made in the Sultanate, under the leadership of His Majesty, in various fields.
The meeting was attended by Dr. Abdul Munim bin Mansour al-Hasani, Minister of Information, and Dr. Mohammed bin Mubarak al-Araimi, Director General and Editor-in-Chief of the Oman News Agency.