Iran sum­mons Pol­ish diplo­mat to protest US sum­mit

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IRAN’S for­eign min­istry sum­moned Poland’s top diplo­mat in the coun­try to protest its de­ci­sion to host what it called an “anti-Ira­nian” sum­mit, a spokesman said yes­ter­day.

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 last week 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 in­flu­ence,” he told Fox News.

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

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

Iran poured scorn on the meet­ing and pointed out that the coun­try, then im­pov­er­ished after in­va­sion by Bri­tain and the So­viet Union, wel­comed more than 100,000 Pol­ish refugees dur­ing World War II.

“Pol­ish govt can’t wash the shame: while Iran saved Poles in WWII, it now hosts a des­per­ate anti-Iran cir­cus,” For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif tweeted.

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