Some EU members not to attend Washington’s Anti-Iran Summit
Several European Union members and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will not participate in the anti-Iran summit organized by Washington in Poland.
Iran Press/Europe: A senior EU official said on Thursday that several European Union members and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini wouldn’t attend the Warsaw gathering because of a prior engagement, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Mogherini has spearheaded EU efforts to sustain the 2015 deal, which offered Iran relief from sanctions in exchange for steps to curb its nuclear program.
The senior EU official said the bloc remains unclear on what vision of peace and stability in the Middle East the Feb. 13-14 summit will aim to promote. There is “a lot of uncertainty about participation of many other EU member states at ministerial level,” the official said.
European diplomats said in recent days that France is unlikely to send its foreign minister. Britain and Germany haven't decided who will represent them. Luxembourg’s foreign minister said he would miss the event because of a prior arrangement.
One European diplomat said the bloc wouldn’t be “joining an anti-Iran coalition.”
It happened after a group of more than 3000 activists in the United States and other countries have signed a petition, calling on European countries to boycott an anti-Iran summit set to be hosted by Washington in Poland next month.
Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Polish chargé d'affaires last Saturday, conveying to him Iran's strong protest at the proposed holding of an anti-Iran conference in Poland in February.
Also, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghassemi said that Iran will definitely response firmly to Poland due to hosting anti-Iran convention.
Polish officials have been trying to play down the Iran focus of the summit. Poland’s foreign minister has asked to formally raise the meeting at a regular EU foreign-affairs meeting on Monday, EU officials said.
The summit, which will be co-hosted by Poland and the US and take place in Warsaw, was announced during Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s tour of the Middle East last week.
The choice of Poland, a member of the EU, to co-host the summit was seen by some European diplomats as an effort to split the EU over Iran.
The bloc is a strong supporter of the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal and is seeking to help retain economic ties with Tehran despite renewed US sanctions on Iran following US President Donald Trump’s decision in May to withdraw from the nuclear deal.