Iran cancels Polish Film Week

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the ministry of foreign affairs in Cairo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the ministry of foreign affairs in Cairo

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

In a statement, the ministry said it lodged an official protest with Warsaw for hosting the event.

"We'll bring together dozens of countries from all around the world", Pompeo told the Fox News network.

On Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the U.S. and Poland will jointly host the Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East in Warsaw from February 13-14 with a focus on Iran.

An Iranian foreign ministry official told Poland's Chargé d'Affaires in Tehran, Wojciech Unoltin, that Iran saw the meeting as a "hostile act against Iran" and warned that Tehran could reciprocate, the official IRNA newsagency reported.

Speaking Sunday on a visit to Qatar as part of the tour, said he hoped the meeting in Poland will allow the world to see "the enormous coalition that is prepared to assist in creating stability and peace here in the Middle East".

The Polish foreign ministry could not be reached for comment.

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

While Poland has supported the EU's attempts to hold onto the landmark nuclear deal after US President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the agreement, Warsaw has expressed the belief that the deal alone would not stop Iran from "destabilizing" the region.

After Pompeo's announcement, Zarif said Friday on Twitter that the conference would bring shame on the Polish government and invoked how during World War II Iran saved Polish lives.

He made the announcement in an interview during a regional tour aimed at reassuring USA allies after President Donald Trump's shock decision to withdraw all American troops from Syria, which sparked concerns that Iran's influence could grow. "Now they've chose to hold an anti-Iran conference in Europe", the semi-official news agency Fars quoted Jahangiri as saying.

"Reminder to host/participants of anti-Iran conference: those who attended last USA anti-Iran show are dead, disgraced or marginalized".

"Iranians have hosted various nations and ethnic groups with open arms, especially the Poles", Hossein Entezami, head of the Cinema Organisation of Iran, said on Twitter. An upcoming Polish film festival has also been canceled.