US VP and Secretary of State to take part in ME conference: Polish FM

The Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz announced in an interview with Polish public news channel TVP Info that Mike Pence, the US Vice-President and Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, will come to Poland in February, before the Middle East conference organised in Warsaw.

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The US officials will arrive in Warsaw a day before the start of the conference. "The following day will see the start of this important conference, to which, we, along with Mike Pompeo, invited foreign ministers from around the world," Mr Czaputowicz said.

He added that a staff of over 300 will accompany the US VP and that 900 journalists from around the world have been given accreditation for the event.

"Mr Pence will open the conference and will take the floor, as will Mike Pompeo. Senior Advisor to the [US] President [Jared] Kushner will also be present," Mr Czaputowicz said.

Among the participants of the conference will be also the Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as representatives of some European countries and countries from the Gulf region. “They will present their point of view on how to ensure peace in the Middle East," The Polish FM said.

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Mr Czaputowicz noted that Iran had not been invited, but its authorities will be notified about the arrangements of the conference afterwards.

“Poland has been accused of anti-Iranian activities, which is not our intention. This shows that the discussion at the table, with Iran's participation, would be very difficult. Iran is also a source of many difficulties in the Middle East, so we will discuss it in an open manner,” the FM said.

The conference on security and peace-building in the Middle East will be held on February 13-14. The decision to hold the conference was officially announced in January by the US Department of State and the Polish Foreign Ministry.

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