Pol­ish meet­ing means op­po­nents have lost Iran case: Shamkhani

Zarif says Poland “can’t wash the shame” for agree­ing to host anti-Iran sum­mit

Tehran Times - - FRONT PAGE -

TEHRAN — Ali Shamkhani, sec­re­tary of Iran’s Supreme Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, says for en­e­mies look­ing for­ward to an anti-Iran sum­mit means that they have lost their case against the coun­try.

“Some­one who [used to] talk about strong­est sanc­tions, when they re­sort to sem­i­nars and con­gresses it means they have lost the case,” Shamkhani said on Satur­day in re­ac­tion to re­ports that Poland is go­ing to host an anti-Iran sum­mit next month.

U.S. Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo told Fox News in an in­ter­view aired on Fri­day that Washington will jointly host a global sum­mit fo­cused on Iran and the Mid­dle East next month in Poland.

The gath­er­ing will take place in War­saw from Fe­bru­ary 13 to 14, the U.S. State Depart­ment said in a state­ment.

Pom­peo said the meet­ing 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 desta­bi­liz­ing in­flu­ence”.

Since with­draw­ing from the 2015 Iran nu­clear deal last year, the U.S. ad­min­is­tra­tion has steadily ratch­eted up pres­sure on Tehran and vowed to in­crease it un­til Iran halts what U.S. calls Iran’s “ma­lign ac­tiv­i­ties” through­out the Mideast and else­where.

As part of its pol­icy of max­i­mum pres­sure, Washington in early Novem­ber re-im­posed what it called the harsh­est-ever sanc­tions against the Is­lamic Repub­lic.

■ Zarif re­minds host, par­tic­i­pants of fu­tile 1996 Sharm el Sheikh ‘show’

Ira­nian For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif also lashed out at the anti-Iran con­fer­ence, de­scrib­ing it as a “des­per­ate cir­cus” that will dis­grace the par­tic­i­pants.

“Re­minder to host/par­tic­i­pants of anti-Iran con­fer­ence: those who at­tended last U.S. anti-Iran show are ei­ther dead, dis­graced, or marginal­ized. And Iran is stronger than ever,” Zarif said in a Fri­day tweet.

Zarif also strongly crit­i­cized the Pol­ish gov­ern­ment for agree­ing to host the con­fer­ence, re­mind­ing War­saw of thou­sands of Pol­ish refugees saved by Iran dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

“Pol­ish Govt. can’t wash the shame: while Iran saved Poles in WWII, it now hosts des­per­ate anti-Iran cir­cus,” Zarif re­marked.

Dur­ing the World War II, up to two mil­lion Pol­ish civil­ians were ar­rested by the Soviet se­cret po­lice and de­ported to Siberia and Kaza­khstan. Many did not sur­vive the long jour­ney (last­ing many weeks) by cat­tle train; many more died dur­ing their im­pris­on­ment.

Oth­ers sim­ply failed to get out af­ter fi­nally be­ing freed from the Soviet gu­lags. A to­tal of 120,000 Pol­ish peo­ple, 3,000 of whom were or­phans, es­caped from the Soviet Union to Iran, start­ing a new life in Is­fa­han.

The Poles en­tered Iran from the port city of An­zali on the south­ern coast of the Caspian Sea. Soviet ships dock­ing in An­zali were packed with starv­ing Pol­ish refugees, and they were the lucky ones: Many oth­ers died along the way from ty­phus, ty­phoid and hunger.

Pho­tos of the Poles and their grave­yard in Iran were posted by Zarif in his Fri­day tweet.

Zarif also in­cluded a pho­to­graph from the 1996 “Sum­mit of Peace­mak­ers” in Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt.

The photo showed Jor­dan’s King Hus­sein, Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Shi­mon Peres, U.S. Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton, Egyp­tian Pres­i­dent Hosni Mubarak, Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Boris Yeltsin and Pales­tinian leader Yasser Arafat, among other world lead­ers.

Zarif’s deputy, Ab­bas Araqchi, also posted a photo of the Pol­ish ceme­tery in Iran, stress­ing that Iran had wel­comed the pol­ish refugees of WWII.

Hesh­ma­tol­lah Fala­hat­pisheh, the chair­man of the Ma­jlis Na­tional Se­cu­rity and For­eign Pol­icy Com­mit­tee, also re­acted to the news, say­ing the up­com­ing event in Poland will turn out to be a “scene of defeat” for the U.S.

He said that he be­lieved U.S. me­dia out­lets will re­act to the White House ini­tia­tive for fall­ing in line with ef­forts to cause in­sta­bil­ity in the Mid­dle East.

He added that Pom­peo is a se­nior in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer with a mis­sion to “cover up Amer­ica’s op­er­a­tional de­feats via psy­cho­log­i­cal op­er­a­tions”, in­clud­ing by tak­ing such mea­sures against Iran.

“Pol­ish Govt. can’t wash the shame: while Iran saved Poles in WWII, it now hosts des­per­ate anti-Iran cir­cus,” Zarif tweets.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Iran

© PressReader. All rights reserved.