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


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.

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.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday said the summit - to be held in Warsaw on Feb 13-14 - would focus on stability and security in the Middle East, including the "important element of making sure that Iran is not a destabilising influence".

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.

Poland's Foreign Ministry in Warsaw could not immediately be reached for comment on Sunday morning. The balance of trade between the two nations was $230 million in 2017, up from 80 million in 2015 when Iran and world powers agreed to a landmark nuclear deal that curbed Tehran's nuclear program in return for lifting harsh economic sanctions.

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Iranian Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri said the summit was being held because United States sanctions had failed to bring Iran to its knees.

Zarif has also reminded Poland of the favor that Iran has done the Polish during the second world war, noting, "Polish government can't wash the shame: while Iran saved Poles in WWII, it now hosts desperate anti-Iran circus".

Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz appeared unfazed by a backlash from Tehran, however, saying in a statement that while his country supported the EU's efforts to maintain the nuclear deal, the agreement "does not stop Iran from activities destabilising the region" and he hoped the conference would bring closer the European Union and United States positions. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World. They wanted to bring our oil exports to zero but failed. "Now they've made a decision to hold an anti-Iran conference in Europe".

Meanwhile, a cultural official said that a planned Polish Film Week in Iran would be cancelled if the summit plans were not dropped.

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