US to host Middle East focused conference in Poland next month

2019-01-11, 15:48 update: 2019-01-12, 14:44
The United States plans to organise a global conference in Poland devoted to the situation in the Middle East, especially in Iran, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News in Cairo on Friday.

"We'll bring together dozens of countries from all around the world," said Pompeo, announcing the February 13-14 event in Poland. 

"Countries will all come together to 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 Secretary of State noted.

Pompeo added that the summit will bring together countries from Asia, Africa, the Western Hemisphere, Europe and the Middle East.

According to Fox News the announcement is the latest step in the Trump administration’s pursuit of what it calls a "pressure campaign" against Iran that includes withdrawing from the Iran nuclear agreement and restoring sanctions the U.S. once lifted as part of the deal. 

The Polish Foreign Ministry wrote in a statement on Friday that "the US and Poland will jointly host the 'Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East' in Warsaw on February 13-14."   

The ministry noted that the meeting "will address a range of critical issues including terrorism and extremism, missile development and proliferation, maritime trade and security, and threats posed by proxy groups across the region."

The Polish side also stressed that "the joint Ministerial also underscores the close strategic partnership between the United States and Poland, which advances our common interests in promoting international peace and security." (PAP)