(AGI) Rome, Sept 15 - AGI, Agenzia Giornalistica Italia,continues its global strategy, and integrates coverage ofMiddle East countries by signing a memorandum of understandingwith Iran's major news agency IRNA, the Islamic Republic NewsAgency. The agreement, supported by the Ambassador of Iran,Jahanbakhsh Mozaffari, was signed in Rome by AGI CEO Gianni DiGiovanni and IRNA President and CEO Mohammad Khoddadi. Theagreement details a close synergy to develop primaryinformation dissemination at a multimedia and integrated levelas well as professional training events. Mr Khoddadi said: "Wewish to welcome a further advance in relations between Italyand Iran. Rome's stance on Iran's development has always beenpositive and this agreement cannot but further contribute toimproving international cooperation. Furthermore, with the newmanagement under the aegis of the Iranian government, IRNA aimsat boosting its activity with a special focus on economicmatters, hence, the agreement with AGI, fits perfectly withinthe strategy we are pursuing." Mr Di Giovanni said: "AGI ishonoured to be the first western editorial agency to set forthon a cooperation with Iran after the cancellation ofinternational sanctions. This decision was determinatelysupported by the Italian government as it opens before us a newera of hope, as Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohommad Javad Zarif,very appropriately defined it." AGI is one of Italy's majornews companies. Since 1950 it has provided news reports tosupport the editorial, institutional, economic and industrialsectors. AGI pursues its continuous development strategy at aninternational level, and in strategic areas in Italy, with itsnetwork of correspondents and partnerships in more than 50countries and news released in seven languages 24 hours a day,seven days a week. .