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US, Poland plan global meeting to pressure Iran: Pompeo

AFP  |  Manama 

The and will hold an international meeting on the that will seek to build pressure on next month, said Friday.

made the announcement on a tour of the aimed at reassuring US allies after Donald Trump's shock decision to withdraw all US troops from Syria, which sparked concerns among Arab states and that Iran's influence could grow.

The and in a joint announcement said that ministers from around the world will be invited to take part in the February 13-14 meeting in "We'll bring together dozens of countries from all around the world," told

They will "focus on stability and peace and freedom and security here in this region, and that includes an important element of making sure that is not a destabilizing influence," the top US added.

The joint statement, however, did not explicitly mention Iran, saying that the meeting was focused on "creating a more peaceful and " "The ministerial will address a range of critical issues including terrorism and extremism, missile development and proliferation, maritime trade and security, and threats posed by proxy groups across the region," it said.

A State Department acknowledged that Poland, like other European nations, supports the international accord from which Trump exited last year on ending the Iranian nuclear program.

The meeting "sends an important signal that countries with differing views on the nuclear deal can come together to address other critical issues in the region," the said.

Poland, led by a right-wing populist government, is a longstanding US ally that has better relations with Trump than key European powers and

Trump has reimposed sweeping sanctions on in hopes of changing the course of the clerical regime but has found no support among Western governments, which note that is abiding by the United Nations-backed nuclear accord. But Trump's hardline stance on Iran has been cheered by regional US allies and

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 21:55 IST