Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Tehran protests to Poland over hosting of 'anti-Iran' summit

Tehran protests to Poland over hosting of 'anti-Iran' summit

Pompeo kicked off the Gulf portion of his tour after a stop in Cairo, where he delivered a scathing rebuke of former president Barack Obama's Middle East policies that Obama had outlined in a 2009 address to the Arab and broader Muslim world.

Angered by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's announcement that Poland will host an global conference on Iran in mid-February, Iranian authorities on Sunday summoned Warsaw's top diplomat in the country and called off a Polish film festival.

Poland's charge d'affaires in Tehran was summoned to the Iranian Foreign Ministry on Saturday in protest at a so-called conference on Middle East peace and security that the United States is going to hold jointly with Poland in Warsaw on February 13 and 14.

Pointing to the historical ties between Tehran and Warsaw, the Polish charge d'affaires said he would convey Iran's message to Polish officials.

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.

The Polish foreign ministry could not be reached for comment.

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.

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 USA out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers and to reimpose sanctions.

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. They wanted to bring our oil exports to zero but failed.

"Reminder to host/participants of anti-Iran conference: those who attended last USA anti-Iran show are dead, disgraced or marginalized".

According to the statement, the Polish diplomat, for his part, said that the summit's agenda was not anti-Iranian and that Warsaw's stance on the issue was different from recent statements made by USA officials.

Hossein Entezami, the director of the Cinema Organization, said that the activity has been suspended.

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