IPS – Inter Press Service News Agency
December 12th, 2011



IPS Director General, Mario Lubetkin, travelled to the Gulf, where he held meetings in Qatar and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

In Qatar IPS Director General met Ahmad Saad Abdel Al Boainin, Director General of Qatar News Agency (QNA) and his staff, to explore enhanced cooperation between the two news agencies.

Furthermore, Lubetkin met Al Jazeera Arabic Channel’s Director of the News, Mustafa Souag, and Shafaat Khan, Head of Foreign Operations, Al-Jazeera Network to evaluate ongoing cooperation and strengthen future collaboration.

In the UAE Lubetkin visited the National Media Council (NMC) to meet officials including WAM (Emirates News Agency) Director General, Ibrahim Al-Abed. Lubetkin underlined the excellent level of relations between WAM and IPS and their close collaboration during the last decades through specific cooperation agreements of mutual benefit.

“It is important to tackle the new realities in the field of communication and information, in view of the geopolitical changes that are taking place in the world,” IPS Director General stressed. “The media should have the ability to analyse these phenomena in a context, especially media in the South, which means that they must explain to their audience how our situation is changing.”

Lubetkin explained why IPS news agency decided to devote all its professional work to generating the indispensable interpretive analysis of these and other phenomena. “This is the way we believe can help people better understand the events and interpret them,” he added.

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