Tehran sum­mons Pol­ish diplo­mat to protest US sum­mit

The Gulf Today - - MIDDLE EAST -

Iran’s for­eign min­istry sum­moned Poland’s top diplo­mat in the coun­try to protest its de­ci­sion to host what it called an “an­tiira­nian” sum­mit, a spokesman said on Sun­day.

Poland’s charge d’af­faires was sum­moned to “protest the an­tiIra­nian so-called peace and se­cu­rity con­fer­ence,” said for­eign min­istry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi on his Tele­gram chan­nel.

He was told “this is a hos­tile act by the United States against Iran and Poland is ex­pected to re­frain from go­ing along with the US in hold­ing this con­fer­ence,” Ghasemi added.

The sum­mit was an­nounced on Fri­day by US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo, who said dozens of coun­tries would par­tic­i­pate.

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 desta­bil­is­ing in­lu­ence,” he told Fox News.

Poland’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Iran, Wo­j­ciech Unolt, re­port­edly said the con­fer­ence, to be held Feb.13-14 in War­saw, was not anti-ira­nian and that Poland did not share re­cent re­marks by the US against Iran.

The Ira­nian ofi­cial said this was in­ad­e­quate and Iran would be “forced to re­tal­i­ate” if Poland did not back down.

Iran’s cin­ema or­gan­i­sa­tion said it had can­celled a Pol­ish ilm fes­ti­val sched­uled for next month, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal me­dia.

“A guest who does not hon­our their host can­not con­tinue to be a guest. To hon­our Iran’s dig­nity, the Pol­ish ilm week in Tehran will be postponed un­til War­saw’s be­hav­iour is proper,” tweeted cin­ema or­gan­i­sa­tion chief Hos­sein En­tezami, ac­cord­ing to the semi-ofi­cial news agency ILNA.

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