The President of the Polish Chamber of Commerce received Iran’s Ambassador to Warsaw on Tuesday, February 5. Their discussions focused on Iran-Poland economic and trade cooperation and the Warsaw Summit on the Middle East, planned at the initiative of the United States.
Iranian Ambassador Massoud Edrissi Kermanshahi deplored the poor impact of European Union policies on Iranian-Polish relations, which had nevertheless developed positively in recent years. But he welcomed the initiative of Paris, Berlin and London to bypass US sanctions against Iran and to maintain trade with Tehran. In a press release on 31 January, they announced the creation of a mechanism called Instex, under German leadership, which allows EU companies to trade with Iran without being affected by US sanctions.
In mid-February, Warsaw hosts a summit on the Middle East, especially anti-Iranian, a project initiated by Washington and described as the most important in the capital since the 2016 NATO summit. Tehran denounces a cabal and the EU is struggling to position itself. Moreover, the High Representative of the EU, Federica Mogherini, will not participate in it, “because of an overloaded agenda”.
Mr. Kermanshahi said he expected “nothing” from the Polish government hosting the event, hoping that it would at least keep its promise not to let the summit become biased and clearly anti-Iranian.
Aaron Darsky, President of the Polish Chamber of Commerce, also described the Warsaw Summit as regrettable and hoped that its consequences would not fuel the fire and affect relations between Poland and Iran.
The Iranian Chamber of Commerce has recently set up a joint commission for economic and commercial cooperation between Iran and Poland that can meet all expectations.
American diplomacy chief Mike Pompeo announced the organization of an international summit on February 13 and 14 in Poland to promote “stability” in the Middle East, focusing on Iran’s influence.
The summit will focus on “stability, peace, freedom and security in the Middle East,” he said in an interview broadcast on January 11 by Fox News, adding that “this includes an important element to ensure that Iran does not have a destabilizing influence.
The day after the announcement, Tehran summoned the Polish chargé d’affaires to protest against Poland’s decision to accept the organization of an anti-Iranian summit at the initiative of Washington.
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Iranian Ambassador in Warsaw, Massoud Edrissi Kermanshahi, on Tuesday explicitly expressed Tehran’s concern about the risks of Iran’s national security summit and its historic relations with Poland.
It should be recalled that the Polish Deputy Foreign Minister travelled to Tehran on 21 January to meet his Iranian counterpart and clarify his country’s motives in organising this famous February summit in Warsaw.