Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for Council of Ministers, received on Monday, 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, Sayyid Fahd 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 in the region.
He highlighted the vital role played by Arab news agencies and its importance in an era in which words and images have become the true mirror that reflects the development of any society. Sayyid Fahd praised the media professionals in the sultanate and the efforts they exert in carrying out their national responsibility to advance the media work.
He congratulated Dr Mohammad al Araimi for assuming the position of FANA chairman in its new session. The conversation dealt with the importance of the Arab media playing its role in societal awareness and honest news reporting in the face of distortion campaigns having a negative impact on the lives of people.
Sayyid Fahd stressed the need for concerted Arab efforts to communicate, understand and build trust between countries. On their part, the heads of Arab news agencies expressed their thanks to the sultanate for hosting this meeting.
They also praised the sultanate’s constructive role for the success of the Arab media march, sending good wishes to His Majesty the Sultan, and commending the achievements under his leadership in various fields. The meeting was attended by Dr Abdulmunim bin Mansour bin Said al Hasani, Minister of Information, and Dr Mohammed bin Mubarak al Araimi, Director General and Editor-in-Chief of Oman News Agency.