21 Jan 2019
The U.S. State Department announced that Poland will jointly host a global conference with the United States, centred around the Middle East – primarily Iran, CNBC reports.
The conference is set to take place in Warsaw on Feb. 13-14.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News that the meeting would “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.”
He added that it would “bring together dozens of countries from all around the world, from Asia, from Africa, from Western Hemisphere countries, Europe too, the Middle East of course.”
Last year, Trump withdrew the United States from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and moved to reimpose sanctions on Tehran. Although European nations worked to keep the agreement from unravelling, the EU moved to impose sanctions on Iran earlier this month.
Speaking in a statement, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said that although Poland supported the EU’s attempts to keep the nuclear deal in place, the agreement “does not stop Iran from activities destabilising the region” and he hoped the conference would create closer ties and further agreement between the EU and U.S. positions.
He said that over 70 countries were invited to the conference, including all EU members.
The U.S. State Department said: “The ministerial 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.”