Iran summons Polish envoy over upcoming summit in Warsaw

Evarado Alatorre
Enero 14, 2019

Iranian authorities summoned Poland's top envoy to Tehran on Sunday to express their outrage at the news that Warsaw would host a conference on Middle East policy that they believe is part of a United States push to promote its anti-Iran agenda.

Invoking the memory of thousands of Polish refugees welcomed in Iran during World War II, Zarif said the conference would bring shame on Warsaw.

Poland's capital will be the site where dozens of countries are to gather at the February 13-14 meeting to "focus on Middle East stability and peace and freedom and security here in this region", he said on Friday.

The official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday that Iran had conveyed its protest message to Poland's Chargé d'Affaires Wojciech Unolt, demanding that Warsaw not go along with the "hostile move" by the United States against Tehran. Iran has said it is planning some sort of commensurate action against Poland.

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Relations between Tehran and Washington are highly fraught after the decision in May by US President Donald Trump to withdraw from a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and to re-impose sanctions, including those on Iran's oil sector.

Pompeo's trip to the Middle East this week is aimed at bolstering support for President Donald Trump's policy in the region and spans a whole range of issues, including U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria, the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar and the killing of a US-based journalist. But the gathering will take place in a lesser renowned location than usual - Warsaw.

The moves followed a tweet by Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif who denounced the upcoming summit as America's anti-Iran "circus". As part of his trip he is said to be promoting a US-backed initiative to form what some have termed an "Arab NATO", which would bring the region together in a military alliance to counter threats from Iran. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

Speaking in Qatar on Sunday, Pompeo said the aims of the summit would include changing the "behaviour" of Iran, which Washington accuses of destabilising the region and supporting terrorism. It has vowed to increase the pressure until Iran halts what U.S. officials describe as its "malign activities" throughout the Mideast and elsewhere, including support for rebels in Yemen, anti-Israel groups, and Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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