Feb 09, 2019 12:28 Asia/Tehran
  • Palestine won't attend US’ conference in Poland

Palestine said despite having received an invitation, it will not take part in a US-sponsored conference on the Middle East slated to be hosted by Poland next week.

Iran Press/Middle East: "Regarding statements that we have been invited, we can say that only today there was some contact from the Polish side," chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said in a Friday tweet.

In a separate tweet, Hussein al-Sheikh, a senior Palestinian Authority official, also rejected the invitation, saying only the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) could speak on behalf of the Palestinian people, Press TV reported.

The comments came a day after a US official said the Palestinians had been invited to the Warsaw conference, which he described as "a discussion" rather than "a negotiation."

Earlier on Thursday, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry branded the joint US-Polish conference as “an American conspiracy intended to get the participants to adopt the US views on issues of the region, particularly the Palestine issue.”

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the meeting would “focus on Middle East stability and peace and freedom and security here in this region, and that includes an important element of making sure that Iran is not a destabilizing influence.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has denounced the planned event in Poland as a “desperate anti-Iran circus.”

Zarif has also reminded Poland of the favor that Iran has done the Polish during the second world war, noting, “Polish government can't wash the shame: while Iran saved Poles in WWII, it now hosts desperate anti-Iran circus.”

The conference is hosted jointly by Poland and United States, and is supposed to be held on 13 and 14 February 2019 in the polish capital of Warsaw. 101/202/213


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