Tehran strongly protested against Warsaw’s decision to co-host an anti-Iranian conference. Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Maciej Przemysław Lang arrived in Tehran on Monday to meet his Iranian counterpart Abbas Araqchi to clarify his country’s decision.
On Friday, January 11, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced an anti-Iranian summit in Warsaw on February 13 and 14, supposedly to promote peace and security in the Middle East, a conference that focuses only on Iran’s regional influence. However, the anti-Iranian conference of US President Donald Trump in Poland was very badly received by world leaders. US efforts to exert pressure on Iran are facing a setback after ministers from several European Union members withdrew from the summit. The EU’s reluctance to support the US plan is a serious blow to the effectiveness of the US State Department’s efforts against Iran.
During his meeting with Iranian officials, the Polish chargé d’affaires gave details of the Warsaw conference, stating that it was not anti-Iran, while stressing that Poland’s position is not that of American officials.
For the Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in charge of Eastern Europe, the Polish diplomat’s statements are not convincing. He warned Poland about the consequences of this decision.
Iranian diplomacy spokesman Bahram Qasemi outlined several issues, including the absence of Palestinian representatives at a conference, which was supposed to address stability and security in the Middle East, but also the neglect of crimes against Yemen.
For his part, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a statement that Moscow had been invited to attend the conference, but believed that the meeting would not solve regional problems.
It should also be noted that a number of anti-war activists in the United States and other countries, by signing a petition, have asked European countries not to attend this conference.