Jeddah Director General of the Union of OIC News Agencies (UNA) Issa Khaireh Robleh received here on Wednesday Dr. Abdullah bin Saleh Al-Obeid, head of the International Association of Institutions of Teaching Arabic Language for Non-Arabic Speakers.
At the outset of the meeting, Robleh welcomed Al-Obeid, expressing the hope that the cooperation between the two sides will open wide horizons for the benefit of Islamic countries, especially the staff of the news agencies, whether in the field of Arabization in non-Arabic speaking countries or in training to develop the language skills of the news agencies' employees from the UNA Arab member states.
The two sides discussed the aspects of joint cooperation in the implementation of the UNA project to Arabize some of the websites of non-Arab member news agencies and the training of employees of member news agencies.
Al-Obeid expressed his pleasure to visit the UNA headquarters and to be briefed on its human and technical capabilities, saying that the Union serves as an umbrella bringing together news agencies of 57 member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. He hoped that the joint cooperation between the two parties will take the form of continuity and sustainability to serve the teaching of the Arabic language and its dissemination among Muslims around the world.
Al-Obeid explained that the Association seeks to coordinate between institutions, academies and institutes that teach Arabic to non-native speakers in the Islamic world, pointing out that there are many institutes and sections in this area, but they are insufficient and lack coordination in the curricula and techniques.
For his part, Secretary General of the Association Dr. Ahmed Bahammam expressed his admiration and appreciation for UNA's role in serving the media in Islamic countries. He noted that the Association looks forward to working with the Union to spread the Arabic language in non-Arabic Muslim countries, and contributing to the development of Islamic societies.
In preparation for launching the UNA project to Arabize the websites of the member news agencies, the two sides agreed to hold a joint workshop soon featuring a number of experts and technicians alongside representatives of the Association and the Union to discuss means of joint implementation of the project.
Al-Obeid and the accompanying delegation toured the Arab, English and French editorial sections of the Union, as well as the UNA Training Center to learn about its possibilities and various sections that allow the holding of joint training courses and workshops between the Association and the Union.
Source: International Islamic News Agency