Iran summons Polish envoy in protest against upcoming summit

Lester Mason
January 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 U.S. push to promote its anti-Iran agenda.

Pompeo said Friday that the U.S. was organizing an worldwide summit in Poland focusing on Iran's Middle Eastern influence.

"The head of the First Eastern Europe Department at the Iranian Foreign Ministry told the Polish charge d'affaires that the upcoming conference was a hostile move by the United States against the Islamic Republic of Iran and that Poland was expected to refrain from cooperating with the United States on holding this conference", the statement, published on the ministry's official website, said, adding that the diplomat had been summoned "in protest against the anti-Iran conference".

They will "focus on Middle East stability and peace and freedom and security here in this region, and that includes an important element of making sure that Iran is not a destabilizing influence", the top USA diplomat said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been invited to participate in an Iran-focused conference in Poland, according to Israeli media.

The statement quoted an unnamed Iranian official as saying that if the summit goes ahead, Iran will resort to unspecified "counter-action" toward Poland.


Separately, Iran's Culture Ministry announced that it was suspending "Poland's Film Week", which was set to be held in Tehran later in January.

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

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif criticised Poland on Friday for hosting the meeting and wrote on Twitter: "Polish government can't wash the shame: while Iran saved Poles in World War II, it now hosts desperate anti-Iran circus".

Zarif was referring to Iran hosting more that 100,000 Polish refugees during the Second World War.

Czaputowicz said Poland supported the EU's efforts to preserve its nuclear agreement with Iran, but warned the deal alone would not keep Iran from "destabilizing" the region.

Under President Donald Trump, the US pulled out of that accord in May 2018 and imposed new and tougher sanctions on Iran last fall. "Now they've made a decision to hold an anti-Iran conference in Europe".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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