14 February 2019 - 01:04
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Iran's Zarif says Warsaw meeting 'dead on arrival'

Tehran, Feb 14, IRNA - Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Wednesday that a two-day conference being co-hosted by Washington in Warsaw on Iran and the Middle East was 'dead on arrival'.

'It is another attempt by the United States to pursue an obsession with Iran that is not well-founded,' Zarif told a Tehran news conference, AFP reported.

'I think the fact that they are not aiming to issue any agreed text but rather are just attempting to use their own statement on behalf of everybody else shows they don't have any respect for it themselves,' he said.

'You usually don't bring 60 countries and states together in order to speak for them. That indicates to you that they don't believe they have anything to gain from this meeting.'

Zarif said most of the states going to the conference were doing so due to pressure from the United States.

'They used the leverage they have with various countries in order to attract more people to this conference.

'Many (countries) going there have told us that (they) don't have any other choice,' the foreign minister added.

The two-day Warsaw meeting dubbed ‘Middle East Peace and Security’ will end on Thursday.

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