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Frosty relations between the Arab World and the US have not deterred The Wall Street Journal after it announced a joint venture with Saudi daily newspaper Arab News.

Readers of the Saudi daily newspaper Arab News will soon have the opportunity to cast their eyes over selected editorial from the Wall Street Journal.

Following an agreement between the paper's owners, the Saudi Research and Publishing Company (SRPC) and the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Arab News will include a four page weekly digest of news from the American daily.

"This agreement marks the first time the Journal has been printed in the region," explained William E. Casey, vice president of Special Editions, WSJ.

Casey added that the Wall Street Journal was also considering launching an Arabic version of the paper in the coming months.

As part of the agreement, the Journal's international editors will select and put together the additional section, while Arab News will have access to the newspaper's main editorial pages for its opinion columns.

"This partnership brings a new dimension to the news and analysis offered in the region," said Abdulaziz Jazzar, managing director, SRPC. "We look forward to a long lasting relationship that will add value to all our readers."

The latest move is not the first tie up between the Western media and the Arab press. Over the last few months, the Lebanese Daily Star and the Kuwaiti Al Watan began printing the Paris-based International Herald Tribune.

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