Iran ire at US, Pol­ish sum­mit

Cape Argus - - WORLD -

IRAN’S for­eign min­istry sum­moned a se­nior Pol­ish diplo­mat to protest Poland’s joint host­ing of a global sum­mit with the US that was fo­cused on the Mid­dle East, par­tic­u­larly Iran, state news agency IRNA re­ported yes­ter­day.

US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo said on Fri­day the sum­mit – to be held in War­saw on Fe­bru­ary 13-14 – would fo­cus on sta­bil­ity and se­cu­rity in the Mid­dle East, in­clud­ing on the “im­por­tant el­e­ment of mak­ing sure that Iran is not a desta­bil­is­ing in­flu­ence”.

An Ira­nian for­eign min­istry of­fi­cial told Poland’s chargé 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 chargé d’af­faires pro­vided ex­pla­na­tions about the con­fer­ence and said it was not anti-Iran,” IRNA said.

The Pol­ish for­eign min­istry could not be reached for com­ment.

Mean­while, a cul­tural of­fi­cial said a planned Pol­ish Film Week in Iran would be can­celled if the sum­mit plans were not dropped. |

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