Iranian Foreign Ministry Summons Polish Diplomat Over 'Anti-Iran' Summit

Zarif calls Iran-focused summit in Poland a 'desperate circus'

Zarif calls Iran-focused summit in Poland a 'desperate circus'

The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned Sunday Poland's charge d'affaires to lodge Tehran's protest over an upcoming "anti-Iran" worldwide summit on the Middle East. "And Iran is stronger than ever", he said.

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 destabilizing influence", the top U.S. diplomat said.

Pompeo is now on a Mideast tour, bringing the Trump administration's anti-Iran message to the region.

Pompeo told Fox News that dozens of countries would attend the summit which would aim to "build out the global coalition" opposed to Iranian policies in the region.

The official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday that Iran had conveyed its protest message to Poland's Chargé d'Affaires Wojciech Unolt, demanding that Warsaw not go along with the "hostile move" by the United States against Tehran.

Separately, Iran's culture ministry in a statement said it was suspending "Poland's Film Week", supposed to be held in Tehran in late January, until Warsaw reconsiders its position and starts demonstrating "appropriate behavior" toward Tehran.

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An unnamed official warned that Tehran would resort to unspecific "counter-action" if the Polish government "did not take urgent compensation measures".

The Polish foreign ministry could not be reached for comment, Reuters news agency said. However, Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said Saturday he hoped the conference will provide a new platform for worldwide dialogue and allow the US and European Union to find a closer position on Iran.

Invoking the memory of thousands of Polish refugees welcomed in Iran during World War II, Zarif said the conference would bring shame on Warsaw.

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. "Now they've made a decision to hold an anti-Iran conference in Europe".

Pompeo is expected to call for increasing pressure on Iran and push for unity among Gulf neighbors still embroiled in a bitter dispute with Qatar.

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