KHARTOUM, The Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) and Sudan News Agency (SUNA) Wednesday signed a cooperation agreement to boost news flow and information.

The agreement will be a platform for the two state news agencies to exchange news through various channels and strengthen friendship between Sudan, one of the largest countries in Africa, and Malaysia.

Bernama Deputy Editor in Chief (Domestic News) Mokhtar Hussain said it will see the two agencies working together in disseminating news, especially through digital technology and social media.

"Bernama looks forward to seeing how we can work together through digital technology, social media like Facebook and Twitter as well as short videos and graphics which can be utilised to disseminate news and messages to the people of both countries speedily and effectively," he said to Bernama after the signing at the SUNA headquarters here Wednesday.

Mokhtar signed the agreement on behalf of Bernama while SUNA was represented by its Editor-in-Chief, Abdallah G.A. Nimir.

Abdallah said that apart from exchange of news, photos and videos, the two news agencies will also provide training of personnel.

"The agreement gives an opportunity for first-hand information on Sudan's development and situation on the ground. This will enable Malaysians to know more about Sudan," he said.

Meanwhile, SUNA Chief Editor Mohamed Osman Adam said SUNA, launched in 1971, had always looked forward to working with Bernama which he said was well-established and capable of producing quality stories.

"And we want to make use of Bernama's experience in this aspect," he said.

Osman said the agreement would also consider a reporters exchange programme.

SUNA is hosting a six-member Bernama team led by Mokhtar on a one-week visit to the country up to Wednesday.


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