Tehran protests to Warsaw over Iran-focused summit
DUBAI: Iran’s Foreign Ministry summoned a senior Polish diplomat to protest at Poland jointly hosting a global summit with the United States focused on the Middle East, particularly Iran, state news agency IRNA reported Sunday.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Friday said the summit – to be held in Warsaw on Feb. 13-14 – would focus on stability in the Middle East, including the “important element of making sure that Iran is not a destabilizing influence.”
An Iranian Foreign Ministry official told Poland’s charge d’affaires in Tehran that Iran saw the decision to host the meeting as a “hostile act against Iran” and warned that Tehran could reciprocate.
“Poland’s charge d’affaires provided explanations about the conference and said it was not antiIran,” the agency added.
The Polish Foreign Ministry could not be reached for comment.
Relations between Tehran and Washington are highly fraught after the decision in May by U.S. President Donald Trump to withdraw from a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and to reimpose sanctions, including on Iran’s oil sector.
Friday Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif criticized Poland for hosting the meeting and wrote on Twitter: “Polish Govt can’t wash the shame: while Iran saved Poles in WWII, it now hosts desperate anti-Iran circus.”
Zarif was referring to Iran hosting more that 100,000 Polish refugees during World War II.
Iranian Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri said the summit was being held because U.S. sanctions had failed to bring Iran to its knees. Meanwhile, a cultural official said that a planned Polish Film Week in Iran would be cancelled if the summit plans are not dropped. –