US in reverse gear on anti-Iran summit as international boycott widens: Report
The Unites States may call off a controversial anti-Iran summit in Poland scheduled for next month as Washington is facing a setback due to a widening international boycott of the gathering, a report says.
According to Press TV, Jonathan Cohen, the Acting US Ambassador to the United Nations, told the UN Security Council on Tuesday that the upcoming meeting in the Polish capital of Warsaw, jointly hosted by the US State Department, wasn’t a “venue to demonize or attack Iran.”
Some European diplomats said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo may be forced to cancel the conference at the last minute due to “low attendance” or US allies’ refusal to send high-level officials, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Cohen went as far as calling the meeting a “global brainstorming session” with an agenda that revolved around cybersecurity, extremism and humanitarian aid to people trapped in conflicts in Syria and Yemen.
The American envoy insisted that Washington had no plans to use the event as an opportunity to reopen arguments about the 2015 Iran nuclear deal either.
Upon announcing the summit earlier this month, Pompeo said the conference would focus on issues concerning stability and security in the West Asia, including the “important element of making sure that Iran is not a destabilizing influence.”
However, the push to form an international front against Iran was met with cold shoulders.
According to some diplomats, the Polish foreign minister discussed the meeting with European foreign ministers and reassured them that Warsaw supported Iran’s nuclear agreement and that it planned to give a readout of the meeting to Iran.
Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has denounced the conference as an “anti-Iran circus” and slammed Poland for co-hosting the event with the US State Department.