About 60 nations confirm attendance to Middle East summit

Representatives of about 60 countries will take part in a conference on the Middle East planned for February 13-14, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz has said.

He added that 10 countries from the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Israel, would be among the guests and that representatives of all European Union countries would also come to the Polish capital Warsaw.

“About 60 countries confirmed. There are still a dozen or so that did not respond. A few decided not to come. We are satisfied with the confirmed attendance,” Minister Czaputowicz was quoted as saying by the Polish press agency, PAP.

However, there would be no representatives from Iran, Palestine and Syria. Russia and Turkey would not be represented either at the convention.

In early January, the US Department of State and the Polish foreign ministry announced that Warsaw would host a ministerial-level conference on the Middle East on February 13-14.

The meeting is expected to focus chiefly on Iran.

Iran has protested against Poland’s involvement in the meeting, calling it an act of hostility. The Iranian foreign ministry has lodged a formal protest against the event with the Polish charge d’affaires in Tehran.

The “Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East” will be held in Warsaw on February 13-14.