This eastern Spanish city will host the 23rd annual general assembly of the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies, or AMAN, Casa Mediterraneo said Tuesday.

The June 2014 gathering is to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the founding of Agencia EFE, Spain's international news agency and an active member of AMAN.

Casa Mediterraneo's director, Almudena Muñoz, stressed the "fundamental role" the AMAN news agencies play in fostering mutual understanding among Mediterranean nations.

The alliance "represents diverse peoples, but they have shared values," AMAN Secretary-General George Penitaex said from the Palestinian city of Ramallah, site of this year's general assembly.

Casa Mediterraneo is a public institution with participation from the Spanish government, the Valencia regional administration and the municipalities of Alicante, Benidorm and Javea.

AMAN comprises the following news agencies: AA (Turkey), AFP (France), AMI (Mauritania), ANA (Greece), ANSA (Italy), APS (Algeria), ATA (Albania), CNA (Cyprus), EFE (Spain), HINA (Croatia), LANA (Libya), LUSA (Portugal), MAP (Morocco), MENA (Egypt), MNA (Lebanon), SANA (Syria), STA (Slovenia), TANJUG (Serbia and Montenegro), TAP (Tunisia) and WAFA (Palestine).

Founded in 1991 at a gathering in Tunis, AMAN's mission is strengthening communications among news agencies in the Mediterranean region, whose countries are bound to one another by ties of history, culture and economics. EFE