Poland: Discussing sources of instability in Mideast not possible in absence of Iran

Tehran, Feb 9, IRNA -- Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Bartosz Cichocki said on Friday that without Iran, it is not possible to deal with sources of instability in the Middle East.

He argued that Iran’s or a similar point of view on the crises and the way forward in the Middle East would be presented at the meeting on 13-14 February.

“It will be aimed at sources of instability in the Middle East. It is designed to launch a process that Iran will eventually be part of because these sources of instability cannot be addressed without Iran”, Cichocki told Polish RMF FM radio station.

Next week’s conference will be co-hosted by Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who initially said the ministerial meeting would focus on curbing Iran’s [alleged] “destabilizing influence”.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif slammed the summit as an “anti-Iran circus”, while Russia said it had declined to attend a hastily-prepared event that offered a “simplified unilateral approach” to the problem. European foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has likewise declined to attend.

The United States has reportedly backtracked on the plan to build a global coalition against Iran at the summit after EU objections.

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