Dr. Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of National Media Council, NMC, headed the UAE delegation to the 49th session of the Arab Information Ministers' Council, which was held today at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo.

The delegation included Mansour Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Director-General of NMC, Juma Mubarak Al Junaibi, UAE Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt and Permanent Representative to the Arab League, and other senior NMC officials.

The Arab information ministers discussed a wide range of issues, including a follow-up of an international media plan to confront the US unilateral decision to recognise Jerusalem as capital of Israel. The plan seeks to rally and mobilise Arab ranks to raise awareness about the holy city and support diplomatic flurry towards the international community and world public opinion.

The meeting sought how to support the Palestinian Cause, being the central issue to the Arab League.

Other topics on the meeting agenda included Arab media plan for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, role of Arab media in countering terrorism and updating the media charter of honour, to promote professional and ethical values and principles and live up to latest regional and global developments.

The ministers selected Saudi capital, Riyadh, to be the Arab Media Capital for 2018/2019 in parallel with Jerusalem, the permanent Arab Media Capital.

Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said Arab media should present and promote the moderate image of the Arab civilisiation and culture and distance itself from spreading sectarianism and hatred.

In an address to the meeting read on his behalf by Hifa Abu Gazala, Assistant Secretary General for Media and Communications Sector, Aboul Gheit noted that the current session is being convened amidst daunting challenges facing the Arab region including political turmoil, foreign interventions and economic woes.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs