Published: Mon, January 14, 2019

Why is Poland Washington’s choice for its Iran-focused global summit?

Why is Poland Washington’s choice for its Iran-focused global summit?

On Friday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is on an official visit to the Middle East, told Fox News that the meeting in Poland would "focus on Middle East stability and peace, freedom and security here in this region and that includes an important element of making sure that Iran is not a destabilising influence".

Poland's Foreign Ministry in Warsaw could not immediately be reached for comment on Sunday morning.

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

While Poland has supported the EU's attempts to hold onto the landmark nuclear deal after US President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the agreement, Warsaw has expressed the belief that the deal alone would not stop Iran from "destabilizing" the region.

"We'll work on many issues including how it is we can get the Islamic Republic of Iran to behave more like a normal nation", Pompeo said.

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The United States and its regional ally Saudi Arabia back opposing sides in the conflicts in Yemen and Syria as well as rival political groups in Iraq and Lebanon.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has denounced the planned event in Poland as a "desperate anti-Iran circus".

The statement quoted an unnamed Iranian official as saying that if the summit goes ahead, Iran will resort to unspecified "counter-action" toward Poland, without elaborating.

Iran's foreign ministry has summoned the Polish envoy to the country following an announcement by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Poland will host an global conference on Iran and the Middle East in mid-February.

"Americans thought pressures would break down our economy. Now they've made a decision to hold an anti-Iran conference in Europe", the semi-official news agency Fars quoted Jahangiri as saying.

According to the statement, the Polish diplomat, for his part, said that the summit's agenda was not anti-Iranian and that Warsaw's stance on the issue was different from recent statements made by U.S. officials. An upcoming Polish film festival has also been canceled.

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