TEHRAN (FNA) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini expressed his country’s enthusiasm for having media cooperation with India.
Speaking during a meeting with the Indian Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs, Priyaranjan Dasmunsi in New Delhi on Wednesday, Hosseini reiterated that Tehran is keen on having Indian media in Iran.
Five Iranian news agencies were ready for cooperation with India. “Our proposal is to establish friendship society between India and Iran and arranging interaction between the media from the two sides,” he said.
“An arrangement was in place with the Press Trust of India (PTI) and this could be further extended,” the diplomat pointed out.
“Mutual deliberations between the two countries would further strengthen the relationship of traditional friendship,” he said.
Abdul Reza Bondi, the chief of the Islamic Republic News Agency’s Bureau, said the agency did not face any difficulty during its 30-year long operation in India.
He, however, felt that more interaction with the Iranian media could project the Indian viewpoint up to the Iranian public in a better way.
Dasmunsi said the Ministry would discuss the issue and take a speedy decision.
Giving a broad view of the media scene in India, Dasmunsi said freedom of the media was guaranteed by the Constitution and it was one of the pillars of democracy.