EU Snubs Pompeo’s Warsaw Anti-Iran Summit
EU foreign policy Chief Federica Mogherini will not take part in an anti-Iran conference to be held by the US in the Polish capital of Warsaw in mid-February, according to media reports.
An EU official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told Iran's official news agency IRNA that Mogherini will not attend the conference due to her tight schedule.
Mogherini will be “traveling in those days, hence her attendance is not foreseen,” the official told IRNA’s correspondent in London.
A senior EU official also confirmed IRNA’s report on Thursday, saying Mogherini will not attend the gathering because of a prior engagement, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The meeting is to be held in Poland on February 13-14 as part of US efforts to increase global pressure on the Islamic Republic.
However, ministers from several European Union countries will likely skip the summit, a report by the Wall Street Journal quoted officials as saying.
There is “a lot of uncertainty about participation of many other EU member states at ministerial level,” one official told the paper.
In further details, European diplomats said in recent days that France is unlikely to send its foreign minister. The UK 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 will not be “joining an anti-Iran coalition.”
Meanwhile, a group of activists in the United States and other countries recently signed a petition, calling on European countries to boycott an anti-Iran summit.
The activists started the petition on the website of the anti-war group Code Pink to ask European countries not to attend the summit.
More than 3,400 people have so far signed the online petition, which urges EU countries to skip US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s “belligerent conference” and “instead host an alternative one with all nations of the region, including Iran.”
The EU is a strong supporter of the 2015 Iran 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 accord.
The summit, which will be co-hosted by Poland and the US and take place in Warsaw, was announced during Pompeo’s tour of the Middle East last week.
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