Failure of Warsaw Conference a Certainty: Zarif
A top Iranian official has emphasized that even before the Warsaw conference starts, its failure is assured.
Iran Press/Iran news: Referring to the US retreat from its anti-Iranian stance and purpose in Warsaw meeting, Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif said: "The Warsaw conference is doomed to fail even before it gets underway."
Talking to ICANA, Zarif added, "The Americans changed the name of their conference, which shows they have retreated from their initial stance.”
Noting that the Americans have recently announced that Vice President Mike Pence will attend the conference, Zarif said every evidence shows that their initial moves and goals on the conference have already come to naught.
The international gathering will take place in the Polish capital Warsaw from February 13 to 14.
Last month US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed the summit would be held on peace in the Middle East, with a special focus on Iran. However, the later news quoted the organizers of the event that it would focus on 'stability and peace, freedom and security' in the Middle East without referring to Iran.
The United States, facing a backlash from some allies over an anti-Iran conference in Warsaw, said on 22 January that the conference is not a venue to demonize or attack Iran.
On 13 January 2019, Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Polish chargé d'affaires, conveying to him Iran's strong protest at the proposed holding of an anti-Iran conference in Poland in February.
Earlier in January, Zarif rebuked the conference describing it as a 'desperate circus' that will disgrace the participants. 208/ 211 /103