BSS and SPA to exchange news

DHAKA, National news agency Bangladesh Sangbad

Sangstha (BSS) and official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) today signed a

memorandum of understanding (MOU) agreeing to exchange news, generated by the

two state-run news agencies with an aim to strengthen further the brotherly

ties between Dhaka and Riyadh.

BSS Chief Editor and Managing Director Abul Kalam Azad and SPA President

Abdullah Bin Fahad Al- Hussien inked the deal on their respective sides at

the SPA headquarters in the Saudi capital.

Information secretary Abdul Malek witnessed the signing as he led the

three-member Bangladesh delegation, which is visiting the kingdom on the

occasion of inking the BSS-SPA cooperation deal.

Information ministry joint secretary S M Mahfuzul Haque, deputy chief of

mission of Bangladesh Embassy in Saudi Arbia Dr Mohammad Nazrul Islam and

first secretary press Md Fakhrul Islam were also present on the occasion.

Under the deal BSS and SPA will exchange photographs as well along with

news and features to be used by both the services while there would be no

financial obligation on the part of either of the news agencies in exchanging

the services.

Besides, each agency will cooperate to provide facilities and assistance

to the other agency's reporters and representatives.

BSS exchanges news service with different major news agencies across the

globe including Agence France-Presse (AFP), Russia's TASS, China's Xinhua and

Press Trust of India (PTI).

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)