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US to Host Iran-focused Global Summit in February

US to Host Iran-focused Global Summit in February

Friday, 11 January, 2019 - 12:45
FILE PHOTO: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a press conference at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom at the State Department in Washington, US, July 26, 2018. REUTERS/Alex Wroblewski
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealed on Friday that Washington plans to host in February a two-day global summit focused on the Middle East, mainly Iran.

Pompeo told Fox News that the international gathering would be held Feb. 13 to Feb. 14 in Poland to "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 destabilizing influence."

According to the top US diplomat, the summit would include representatives from countries around the world to address Iran's regional influence as the administration of President Donald Trump has sought to pressure Tehran.

Pompeo is visiting a number of Middle Eastern countries this week in an effort to shore up support in the region.

Pompeo, in the midst of his eight-day trip through the region, has said that the United States is "redoubling" its efforts to put pressure on Iran and sought to convince allies in the region that it was committed to fighting ISIS despite Trump's recent decision to pull US troops out of Syria.

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