In a January 11 interview with Fox News, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Poland will be hosting an international conference on the Middle East next month with a focus on Iran. The holding of such a confab with the focus on Iran and under a controversial theme like “stability in the Middle East” has raised questions among the public opinion concerning the main intentions behind the holding of this conference.
Political experts and the media these days have offered different analyses on the main US goals behind holding the event but evidence suggests that the main goal of the conference is to raise the idea of the “deal of the century” and normalization of relations between the Arab governments and the Zionist regime. According to the conference programs, Washington, the Arab countries and the Zionist regime are among the main participants of the meeting which seems to be a forum for possible dialogue and more communication between the reactionary Arabs of the region and the Zionist regime.
The “deal of the century” from the very outset underlined normalization of relations between the Arab states and the Zionist regime, but after nearly two years, the plan has not produced any result. That’s why, in the eyes of the US, if Mohammed bin Salman and Mohammed bin Zayed and other Arab rulers in the Middle East gather together under one roof and around one table with Netanyahu, this would be a great victory for Washington.
It seems that introduction of Iran as a “global threat” by this conference is just an excuse, and the White House’s main goal is to create an appropriate venue for holding this meeting and the participants’ hangout.
Another point is that due to the simultaneous presence of the Arabs and the Zionist regime at the conference, no country in the region would be ready to host Netanyahu and Arabs at the same time, which is why there is no possibility of holding the event in a regional country.
On the other hand, European countries are not willing to express anti-Iranian policies and positions in the current situation. In the meantime concurrent with EU measures to reduce the impact of anti-Iranian sanctions, it seems unlikely for Western European countries to host the event because of the anti-Iranian nature of the meeting.
In general, the United States has been closer to Eastern European countries over the past few years, and for this reason, some of them have followed Washington in its anti-Iranian and anti-Russian actions. For instance, Albania is today the host of the terrorist opposition group of the Mujahedin Khalq (better known as the hypocrites). Also, most of the East European countries agree to establish new US bases on their territory to confront Russia.
Poland, as the host of the meeting, is one of those countries that have a very close relationship with the White House and under the rule of its right-wing government is seeking stronger ties with the US militarily, like other East European countries and its president has officially called for the establishment of a permanent military base on its soil by the United States.
Despite its apparent support for the JCPOA, Warsaw sided with Washington regarding the sanctions. Following the US withdrawal from the JCPOA, the Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz urged the EU to respect the US sanctions and insists that his country is opposed to any action undermining the anti-Iranian sanctions and considers encouraging companies to continue their activities in Iran an obstacle on the way of the effectiveness of the sanctions.
The Polish compliance with the American perspective on the issue of Iran could be considered the main reason for choosing this country as the host of the anti-Iranian conference. On the other hand, the Arabs and the Zionist regime have no problem to hold the summit in Poland. In general, it should be noted that Poland has limited interests in Iran and is not very much concern about the future of its relations with Tehran. Of course, Tehran too has limited political and economic ties with Warsaw, and the tensions between the two sides will not harm Iran’s interests.
But in the end, it should be kept in mind that the outcome of this conference will not mark a significant event for Iran and will not endanger its interests, because if the relations between the Arab governments and the Zionist regime become more transparent and closer, this issue will ultimately benefit the Islamic Republic. Meantime, for Mohammed Bin Salman and other rulers like him, interaction with Netanyahu and the Zionist regime in the public opinion of the Islamic world is an unpleasant event and therefore relations with the Zionist regime will be to their disadvantage.
The fact is that the benefit of this cooperation and proximity will go to the United States and the Zionist regime and its disadvantage in the Muslim world will go to Arab reactionary regimes and proximity between them will be to Iran’s advantage.
It should be borne in mind that the Zionist regime and the Arabs have already forged political and security cooperation and one of the most interesting examples in this respect was Saudi rebuke of the Hezbollah during the 33-day war with the Zionist regime. That’s why the consensus and behind the scene deals between them is nothing new.
Holding these types of conferences is more often seen as a showoff and they have nothing important to offer as a final outcome. A few years ago and at the outset of the Syrian crisis, half of the world countries came under heavy pressure from the US to join a group dubbed “Friends of Syria” but they all quit after a while and the show was forgotten. These efforts and measures by the US took place when Syria was in its worst critical conditions.