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Iran Summons Polish Envoy over Planned Anti-Iran Meeting

14 January 2019

On Friday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States would hold an global summit in Poland on 13-14 February to discuss cooperation on achieving stability and security in the Middle East.

Pompeo brought the Trump administration's anti-Iran message to Gulf Arab states on Friday as he continued his nine-nation tour of the Middle East.

Pompeo is now on a Mideast tour, bringing the Trump administration's anti-Iran message to the region. The US president has since ordered a review of the costs of American troops being stationed in Germany, a sign that he may pivot to eastern Europe.

"We will gather around a number of different topics. fighting ISIS is part of that. and address how we can get the Islamic Republic of Iran to behave like a normal nation", Pompeo told reporters in Doha.

IRNA said "Poland's charge d'affaires provided explanations about the conference".

Israeli and Arab officials have been invited to the summit.

Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri said the summit was being held because U.S. sanctions had failed to bring Iran to its knees.

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Poland's charge d'affaires was summoned to "protest the anti-Iranian so-called peace and security conference", said foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi on his Telegram channel.

The Polish foreign ministry could not be reached for comment, Reuters news agency said.

Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz appeared unfazed by a backlash from Tehran, however, saying in a statement that while his country supported the EU's efforts to maintain the nuclear deal, the agreement "does not stop Iran from activities destabilising the region" and he hoped the conference would bring closer the European Union and United States positions.

Zarif has also reminded Poland of the favor that Iran has done the Polish during the second world war, noting, "Polish government can't wash the shame: while Iran saved Poles in WWII, it now hosts desperate anti-Iran circus". "Now they've made a decision to hold an anti-Iran conference in Europe". Scores stayed on after the war, choosing to reside in Iran.

Tehran and Warsaw have had good relations.

He made the announcement in an interview during a regional tour aimed at reassuring USA allies after President Donald Trump's shock decision to withdraw all American troops from Syria, which sparked concerns that Iran's influence could grow.

Under President Donald Trump, the USA pulled out of that accord in May 2018 and imposed new and tougher sanctions on Iran last fall.

Iran Summons Polish Envoy over Planned Anti-Iran Meeting