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    Sputnik news agency and radio has successfully signed cooperation agreements with two leading media outlets in the Middle East – Lebanon’s Al Mayadeen TV and Syrian news agency SANA.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The signing ceremony took place on June 6th in Moscow as part of the New Era of Journalism: Farewell to Mainstream media forum organized and held by the Rossiya Segodnya media group. Taking part in the signing ceremony were: Rossiya Segodnya Director General, Dmitry Kiselev, Al Mayadeen TV Chairman, Ghassan Ben Jeddou, and SANA’s Director General, Ahmad Dawa.

    Al Mayadeen TV and SANA are the first media outlets from both Lebanon and Syria to enter into agreements with Sputnik news agency and radio.

    Dmitry Kiselev, left, Director General, Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency, with Ghassan Ben Jeddou (Lebanon), Chairman of the Board of Directors, Al Mayadeen TV
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    Dmitry Kiselev, left, Director General, Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency, with Ghassan Ben Jeddou (Lebanon), Chairman of the Board of Directors, Al Mayadeen TV

    Under these agreements, the parties will exchange information and hold joint events aimed at enhancing informational cooperation between their respective countries and Sputnik.

    SANA’s Director General Ahmad Dawa said, “The signing today of a cooperation agreement with Sputnik news agency and radio is of great importance for us, and even more so against the backdrop of current geopolitical developments. I hope that by combining our efforts we will contribute to the resolution of all conflicts,”.

    Dmitry Kiselev, left, Director General, Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency, with Ahmed Dawa (Syria), Director General and Editor-In-Chief, Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA)
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    Dmitry Kiselev, left, Director General, Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency, with Ahmed Dawa (Syria), Director General and Editor-In-Chief, Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA)

    Al Mayadeen TV Chairman Ghassan Ben Jeddou also said, “The agreement between Sputnik news agency and radio and Al Mayadeen, an Arab media network, is the first step along a strategic path that we are forging with confidence and with a view on the long run. We will strive to enhance our professional cooperation in the media space.”

    Al Mayadeen TV (http://www.almayadeen.net/) is a pan-Arabist TV network headquartered in Beirut broadcasting in Arabic and Spanish languages; it also includes a documentary film studio and a news agency offering newswires in Arabic and Spanish.

    SANA (http://sana.sy) is a state-owned Syrian news agency headquartered in Damascus. Established in 1965, is has offices in all 14 Syrian provinces, as well as in Beirut, Paris, Moscow, Amman, Teheran, Kuwait, Cairo, Tripoli, Rome and Ankara with 43 reporters working outside Syria in Arab countries and elsewhere. The agency produces over 500 news items per day in Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Russian and Turkish languages.

    Sputnik (sputniknews.com) is a news agency and radio network with multimedia news hubs in dozens of countries. Sputnik broadcasts through its websites in over 30 languages, as well as analog and digital radio, mobile apps and social media. Sputnik newswires, available by subscription, run around the clock in English, Arabic, Spanish and Chinese.

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