VNA Deputy General Director Le Duy Truyen (front, second, right) and the AA delegates visit the VNA's world news department (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam News Agency (VNA) and Turkey’s Anadolu Agency (AA) inked a new cooperation agreement on information exchange in Hanoi on June 2.

The agreement, which replaces the 2007 cooperation agreement, was signed by VNA Deputy General Director Le Duy Truyen and his AA counterpart Mustafa Ozkaya in the presence of Turkish Ambassador to Vietnam Akif Ayhan.

Under the document, the two sides will increase sharing photos and exchanging TV news, aside from the existing exchange of English-language stories, to meet the growing demand for news updates in their respective nations.

Speaking at the talks prior to the signing, Truyen said the enhanced news exchange and use can help the two agencies diversify stories and objectively report on regional and international issues, along with their countries’ domestic affairs.

He added that the VNA has continually strived to provide neutral information in a timely manner and in conformity with Vietnam’s foreign policy of being a friend, a reliable partner and a responsible member in the international community.

Mustafa Ozkaya said the VNA is a big and important partner of his agency in Southeast Asia. He also thanked the VNA for supporting the AA within activities of the Organisation of Asia–Pacific News Agencies.

Founded in April 1920, the AA currently has about 3,000 employees and representative offices in 86 countries. It provides some 2,200 news stories and 1,900 photos for Turkish and foreign press outlets every day.-VNA