Indeed, this US policy of “maximum pressure” on Iran should dominate the agenda, as announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last January 10, at a conference at the American University in Cairo.
Washington is preparing to reorganize the “Wider Middle East” and aims to create an Israeli-Sunni military alliance against the predominantly Shiite “Axis of Resistance”, of which the Islamic Republic of Iran is the spearhead.
In a note published on the website of the Lebanese newspaper Al-Binaa, the journalist Ahmed Zain explains that, “for the first day of the Warsaw summit, the Americans organized a ministerial meeting that will focus on “stability and security in the Middle East”, though the initial title of this meeting was “Ways to Reduce Iran’s Regional Influence in the Middle East”. Several top US military officials opposed the title of the summit, which led US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to announce that the title of the ministerial meeting had changed, but said that one of the objectives of this conference would be to “combat the harmful influence of Iran in the region”.
Indeed, Washington, as has become the norm, accuses the Islamic Republic of sowing instability in the region and developing a dangerous ballistic program. A shame when we see the devastating influence of US policy in the Middle East for decades, which has only sown chaos and death.
The Foreign Ministers of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Morocco, Kuwait, Bahrain and the Sultanate of Oman will attend the meeting, along with US President Donald Trump, his adviser Jared Kushner, his Vice President Mike Pence, his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as well as of course Israeli Prime Minister and war criminal Benyamin Netanyahu.
Corrobable sources reiterate that many members of the European Union could refuse to participate in this conference, like the head of the EU diplomacy Federica Mogherini, officially absent because of an overloaded agenda.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to be replaced by a senior official from his ministry, as will his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, for whom no visit to Warsaw is on his official agenda. British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt will be present, while the Luxembourg Foreign Minister said he would miss the event due to an overloaded schedule.
Absences that highlight growing tensions between the EU and the United States since the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and the reinstatement of US sanctions against Tehran.
Thus, even though many Europeans share US concerns about Iran’s regional activities and its ballistic missile program, they do not endorse the unilateral and maximalist vision of Washington, which accuses Iran of all the evils of the region. Moreover, they do not hide their worries about the aggressiveness of the US towards an Islamic Republic that has become an essential power in the Middle East and which has the means to protect itself.
The American newspaper The Wall Street Journal recently reported that all the US administration’s efforts to rally European countries to its campaign of pressure against Iran had turned into a fiasco.
In this context of American frustration, the Israeli daily Haaretz plans, in an article published January 18 that examines the different dimensions of this meeting, the failure of the anti-Iranian summit in Warsaw.
“Washington will call 70 world leaders to try to form an alliance against Iran. But they all remember the zigzag politics of Donald Trump. The goal of the summit is not clear. It is hard to imagine that this persuades Iran’s rival Arab states to take concrete action against that country,” writes Zvi Bar’el, an Israeli Haaretz analyst on Middle East issues, who believes that even in the event of a war against Iran, all Arab countries will have their own priorities and will not necessarily align with the Americans.”
For the Secretary-General of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, General Ali Chamkhani, this kind of spectacle is a confession of powerlessness: “That the US Secretary of State eventually passes the idea of “maximum sanctions”, and to organize summits and public meetings against Iran to put it into place, that could only mean a sense of defeat in the strict sense of the word.”
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who described the Warsaw meeting as a “desperate anti-Iranian circus”, criticized Poland for aligning itself with the anti-Iranian plans of the United States. The minister points the finger at the Polish government even though there is no reason to explain this “incomprehensible decision”. “Poland is supposed to host the anti-Iranian rally, while Iran saved the lives of a large number of Poles during the Second World War. The Warsaw government will never be able to erase this black stain that tarnishes Iran-Poland relations,”said Zarif.
At the same time, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who refused to participate in this anti-Iranian summit, like his Chinese counterpart, will receive the Turkish and Iranian presidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hassan Rohani in the Russian seaside resort of Sochi to discuss the situation in Syria, where Russia and Turkey are trying to create a de-escalation zone and where the three countries declare wanting a political settlement to end the conflict.
In an interview with Russia Today, Zarif said the political solution to the crisis in Syria, the situation in Idlib and the withdrawal of US forces from Syria would be discussed at the summit.
The Russian president chose the date of February 14 to organize this meeting so that it takes place on the same date as the second day of the Warsaw summit, a way to respond to the Donald Trump initiative.
These two concomitant events, which reveal two opposing visions, could have important consequences for the Middle East, and suggest possible new alliances, such as a possible rapprochement between Ankara and Damascus, in case of a US-Israeli military adventure against Iran.
An adventure with which the EU does not seem to want to participate, certainly aware of the risks involved, the extreme danger of the project and the uncertainty of the outcome.
One thing is certain: This summit, a veritable conspiracy against Iran, will certainly not contribute to consolidating “the stability and security of the Middle East”.
The Anti-Zionist Party condemns this meeting which aims to form a political-military coalition against Iran and to prepare the ground for the adoption of the “Deal of the Century” developed by President Trump. Its purpose is to impose an approach that serves the Israeli goal of liquidating the Palestinian cause and normalization between the criminal regime of Tel Aviv and the Arab countries.
At a time when the Islamic Republic celebrates the 40th anniversary of the victory of its revolution and it appears stronger than ever, this umpteenth American-Zionist plot cannot upset it, nor make it deviate from the line that it has followed since 1979; that of resistance to imperialism and refusal of submission to the Zionist order.