Iran’s FM calls Warsaw ‘Middle East’ summit ‘desperate circus’

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif took to the social networking site Twitter to criticise Poland on Friday for jointly hosting a global summit with the United States focused on the Middle East, particularly Iran, calling it a “desperate anti-Iran circus”.

A Middle East-focused summit would be hosted jointly by Poland and the US in the Polish capital from February 13-14, Washington announced on Friday.

“Reminder to host/participants of anti-Iran conference: those who attended last US anti-Iran show are either dead, disgraced, or marginalized. And Iran is stronger than ever. Polish Govt can't wash the shame: while Iran saved Poles in WWII, it now hosts desperate anti-Iran circus,” the Iranian minister tweeted.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the meeting would focus on stability and security in the Middle East, including the “important element of making sure that Iran is not a destabilizing influence.”

Relations between Tehran and Washington are once more highly fraught following the decision in May by US President Donald Trump to pull the US out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers and to reimpose sanctions.