Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 24 / Trend , N.Abdullayeva/
The Azerbaijani Trend and Iranian Mehr news agency signed a partnership agreement in Baku on Feb. 24.
The agreement was signed by Trend General Director Ilgar Huseynov and Managing Director Parviz Ismaili at the company's headquarters.
"The agreement is important to us because Mehr is popular both in Iran and abroad. It is necessary for us to keep in tune with the all the events in the region," Huseynov said.
"Our newly gained access to the Iranian informational market will improve the international relevance and financial attractiveness of our news reels," he said.
Sharing news will allow the countries to get to know each other better, Ismaili said.
"Azerbaijan is an actively developing country in the region. It is important for us to develop an informational exchange in the cultural, religious, economic, tourism and political sectors. The oil-and-gas sector may also be emphasized," he added.
"Trend's activities in Iran are a step toward enabling our people to get to know each other better," Ismaili said.
The agreement envisages exchanging free access to news. Exclusive news may also be ordered.
The agreement also includes training staff.
Trend is an international private news media outlet founded in Azerbaijan in 1995.
Trend issues online news in 5 languages, including English, Russian, Persian and Arabic.
Trend provides subscribers with high-quality videos and photos and analytical products covering major political and economic events.
Trend was awarded "The Best Company of the Year" award in the category "Mass Media in Azerbaijan" in 2006 and 2007.
Trend won a special electronic media competition titled, "Eurasia in the Internet" in the category "For Successful Media Management of Informational Partnership" in 2008 as part of the 11th Eurasian TV Forum.
Trend was awarded the national Brand Azerbaijan Award in the category "Exclusive Information Agency of the Year" in February 2009.
Mehr was founded in Tehran in June 2003 to publish news in Persian, English, Arabic, German, Turkish and Urdu. The agency issues roughly 700 stories in Persian daily, and up to 300 articles in foreign languages. Mehr has correspondents in Iran and offices in 30 countries around the world. The agency has 500 journalists in Iran and abroad. The Tehran Times, a popular newspaper in Iran, is among the agency's leading products.
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