Iran Summons Polish Envoy over Planned Anti-Iran Meeting

Iran warns Poland against hosting upcoming summit on Tehran's regional influence

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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.

The move came shortly after the Iranian Foreign Ministry on Sunday summoned the Polish Charges D'Affairs, Wojciech Unolt, to protest an Iran-focused conference in Warsaw next month.

"We will gather around a number of different topics. fighting ISIS is part of that. and address how we can get the Islamic Republic of Iran to behave like a normal nation", Pompeo told reporters in Doha.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned Sunday Poland's charge d'affaires to lodge Tehran's protest over an upcoming "anti-Iran" global summit on the Middle East.

Iran's foreign ministry has summoned Poland's envoy to the country after it was announced that Warsaw would host a summit on Iran in February. Among the Mideast leaders invited was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose attendance might complicate participation by some Arab countries.

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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.

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

Speaking in Qatar on Sunday, Pompeo said the aims of the summit would include changing the "behaviour" of Iran, which Washington accuses of destabilising the region and supporting terrorism. Scores stayed on after the war, choosing to reside in Iran.

In response, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif took to Twitter to admonish those who plan to participate in the conference.

Relations between Tehran and Washington are highly fraught after the decision in May by US President Donald Trump to withdraw from a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and to re-impose sanctions, including those on Iran's oil sector.

Under President Donald Trump, the US pulled out of that accord in May 2018 and imposed new and tougher sanctions on Iran last fall.

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