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Warsaw hosts a conference on the Middle East

Supporters of a hard line against Iran gather around the United States in the Polish capital.

The Polish government has increased its actions towards Donald Trump.

Warsaw hosts an international conference from Wednesday 13 to Thursday 14 February to "promote a future of peace and security in the Middle East". Poland, eager for ever closer relations with the United States, has volunteered to host the meeting, an American initiative announced in early January by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The Trump administration initially conceived of the conference as the rallying of an "anti-Iran" coalition to denounce Tehran's "destabilizing influence" in the Middle East. In the face of lack of enthusiasm, Washington and Warsaw had to put water in their wine by expanding the agenda to the "stability" of the Middle East.

Pence, Pompeo, the Gulf countries and Netanyahu

US Vice President Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo, Arab Gulf Allies and Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, all in favor of a hard line against Tehran, take center stage in the absence of Russia and Russia. the head of the European Union's diplomacy Federica Mogherini.

Leading European countries have sent diplomats, apart from the United Kingdom, represented by Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt, who will attend a quadripartite meeting on Yemen. Even Poland continues to support, like all other European countries, and despite the US withdrawal, the Iran nuclear deal reached in 2015.

NATO opens debate on response to Russian missiles

Not enough, however, to discourage the pro-Trump choice of Warsaw. The conservative Law and Justice Party (PiS) government has stepped up its actions towards the US administration: purchase of liquefied natural gas, military spending of 2% of GDP and arms contracts: Poland must buy mobile rocket launchers worth $ 414 million (€ 367 million) from Lockheed Martin.

Poland had already acquired in 2018 Patriot missile defense system for 4.75 billion dollars. On a visit to Washington in September 2018, President Andrzej Duda had even proposed to christen Donald Trump as the permanent US military base he was calling for on Polish territory.

Poland and the United States are also opposed to the North Stream 2 project, a new gas pipeline under construction to bring Russian gas to Germany via the Baltic Sea. " The United States will do everything to ensure that European security is at the forefront of energy decisions Said Tuesday, February 12, Mike Pompeo, in the presence of Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz.

The two men were due to visit NATO soldiers based in Poland on Wednesday (February 13th). The head of Polish diplomacy said he had discussed with his US counterpart of a plan to develop and strengthen the US military presence in Poland ".

François d'Alançon

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