Iraq, Saudi Arabia Sign Media Agreement
Iraqi Journalists Syndicate and Saudi Journalists Association have signed a joint cooperation agreement in various fields, following a visit paid by Saudi media delegation to Iraq.
The statement, which Asharq Al-Awsat received a copy from, mentioned that the agreement included several clauses, mainly: mutual visits between the two parties, regular meetings, preparation of joint training programs and also setting up joint printing and publishing programs .
Moaid Allami, President of Iraqi Journalists Syndicate, and Khaled Al-Malik, President of the Saudi Journalists Association, signed the agreement.
Allami stated to Asharq Al-Awsat that, “This agreement is the beginning of a new stage in the ties between the two sisterly countries, not only in the media field but in all fields and sectors.”
He added, “this is the first agreement on the level of media, and the first in other fields since 1990.”
What matter in this agreement is that it opened the door wide infornt of developing Iraqi-Saudi ties, continued Allami.
In his turn, Malik affirmed to Asharq Al-Awsat that, “Signing this agreement represents a form of the new relations, which have started to develop between Iraq and Saudi Arabia. This means more joint media work.”
He thanked the syndicate for the warm welcome it accorded to his delegation.
“Our visit is significant as it aims to know how Iraq emerged as a secure and stable country after obliterating ISIS,” Malik added.
He noted that the, “Information we used to derive from the media wasn’t sufficient to grant us a realistic image about the updates in the sisterly country. Therefore, our visit removed any inaccurate images and information.”
Malik pointed out that Iraqis who have expressed their affection to Saudis are getting ready for the upcoming elections, and are determined that this would reflect on their future conditions.