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Iran Summons Poland Envoy over Next Month’s Summit

Iran Summons Poland Envoy over Next Month’s Summit

Sunday, 13 January, 2019 - 09:00
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. (Reuters)
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Iran summoned on Sunday a senior Polish diplomat in protest against Warsaw and Washington’s plans to host a global Middle East summit, focused specifically on Iran, next month, reported state news agency IRNA.

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”, it added.

The statement quoted an unnamed Iranian official as saying that if the summit goes ahead, Iran will resort to unspecified "counter-action" toward Poland, without elaborating.

“Poland’s charge d’affaires provided explanations about the conference and said it was not anti-Iran,” IRNA said.

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 destabilizing influence”.

On 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 the Second World War.

Relations between Tehran and Washington are highly fraught following the decision in May by President Donald Trump to pull the US out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers and to reimpose sanctions.

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