Iran sum­mons Pol­ish en­voy in protest against up­com­ing sum­mit

Financial Chronicle - - AROUND THE GLOBE - NASSER KARIMI

An­gered by US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo's an­nounce­ment that Poland will host an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence on Iran in mid-Fe­bru­ary, Ira­nian au­thor­i­ties on Sun­day sum­moned War­saw's top diplo­mat in the coun­try and called off a Pol­ish film fes­ti­val.

The moves fol­lowed a tweet by Iran's For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif who de­nounced the up­com­ing sum­mit as Amer­ica's an­tiIran "cir­cus."

Pom­peo is cur­rently on a Mideast tour, bring­ing the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion's anti-Iran mes­sage to the re­gion. He told Fox News be­fore de­part­ing from Cairo on Fri­day that an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence on Iran and the Mid­dle East will take place in Poland on Feb. 13-14.

The of­fi­cial IRNA news agency said Iran con­veyed its protest over this to Poland's Chargé d'Af­faires Wo­j­ciech Unolt, de­mand­ing that Poland not side with this "hos­tile move" by the United States against Tehran.

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.

Sep­a­rately, Iran's cul­ture min­istry in a state­ment said it was sus­pend­ing "Poland's Film Week," sup­posed to be held in Tehran in late Jan­uary, un­til War­saw mends its ways and starts ap­ply­ing "ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­ior" to­ward Tehran.

For Syr­i­ans who rose up against As­sad's rule, it can seem like the coun­try is right back where it started eight years ago, only with half a mil­lion dead and cities in ruins.

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