Monday, 22 July, 2019

Iran cancels Polish Film Week

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a joint press conference with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius following their talks in Tehran Tehran Warns Poland Don’t Side with U.S. Against Iran BEHROUZ MEHRI AFP Getty 13 Jan 2019
Deanna Wagner | 14 January, 2019, 12:25

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"We'll work on many issues including how it is we can get the Islamic Republic of Iran to behave more like a normal nation", Pompeo said.

"The head of the First Eastern Europe Department at the Iranian Foreign Ministry told the Polish charge d'affaires that the upcoming conference was a hostile move by the United States against the Islamic Republic of Iran and that Poland was expected to refrain from cooperating with the United States on holding this conference", the statement, published on the ministry's official website, said, adding that the diplomat had been summoned "in protest against the anti-Iran conference".

Pointing to the historical ties between Tehran and Warsaw, the Polish charge d'affaires said he would convey Iran's message to Polish officials.

Poland's Foreign Ministry in Warsaw could not immediately be reached for comment on Sunday morning.

Since withdrawing from the nuclear deal past year, the administration has steadily ratcheted up pressure on Tehran and routinely accuses the nation of being the most destabilizing influence in the region.

Relations between Tehran and Washington are highly fraught after the decision in May by US President Donald Trump to withdraw from a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and to re-impose sanctions, including those on Iran's oil sector.

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The United States and its regional ally Saudi Arabia back opposing sides in the conflicts in Yemen and Syria as well as rival political groups in Iraq and Lebanon.

Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri said the summit was being held because USA sanctions had failed to bring Iran to its knees.

Iran poured scorn on the meeting and pointed out that the country, then impoverished after invasion by Britain and the Soviet Union, welcomed more than 100,000 Polish refugees during World War II.

In response, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif took to Twitter to admonish those who plan to participate in the conference.

Polish President Andrzej Duda joked at a press conference with the American leader that the base could be called "Fort Trump". "Now they've chose to hold an anti-Iran conference in Europe", the semi-official news agency Fars quoted Jahangiri as saying.

Iran's top cinema official on Sunday announced the cancellation of a week dedicated to display Polish films in February.