14 stycznia 2019
Chief of the Cabinet of the President, Krzysztof Szczerski

The Polish President's chief aide, Krzysztof Szczerski, declared on Monday that the Middle East ministerial conference, to be co-organised by Poland and the U.S., in Warsaw, "is not directed against anyone, and is aimed at a creative search for paths leading to peace."

The U.S. Department of State and the Polish Foreign Ministry announced on Friday that Warsaw will host a ministerial-level conference on the Middle East problem, on February 13-14. The meeting is expected to focus chiefly on Iran.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned the charge d'affaires of the Polish Embassy in Teheran, on Sunday, to protest against the conference.

The Polish charge d'affaires, Wojciech Unolt, was told that the Polish government's decision to host the conference is considered as "an act of hostility towards Iran." He was also informed that Teheran might decide to implement retaliatory measures, the Iranian state agency IRNA reported.

According to the Iranian agency, the Polish diplomat provided explanations regarding the conference and declared that it does not have an anti-Iranian nature.

"This is a conference, which is designed to seek paths leading to peace. Poland is the place, where it will be held, because it is a neutral country, in regard to conflicts in which Middle Eastern countries are involved," Krzysztof Szczerski said.

The President's aide emphasised that the conference was not directed against anyone.

"The current month will be full of many various reactions to this event, as it is an important development for international politics, which can have a huge significance. So, every state, which has its interests in the Middle East, is likely to present its opinion about this conference," Krzysztof Szczerski explained.

The official said that now it was necessary to wait for a while and, later, to review all reactions. "They tell much about the countries they come from," he added.

"It is our task to explain Poland's position to everyone who has presented their opinion. This is what our diplomat in Teheran has done. He explained our opinion and Poland's position, which is a neutral one and is aimed at seeking peace," the President's aide underlined.

According to Krzysztof Szczerski, everyone, who is expecting explanations, will be given the same answer from Poland. "(They) will be told that Poland will co-host the conference as an advocate of peace, cooperation and a search for a way out of many conflicts affecting the Middle East."

“Poland is not a party to any dispute. We are a neutral country, which enjoys prestige and trust and that is why this conference is taking place in Warsaw” he concluded. (PAP)