Over 50 states to participate in Middle East conference

Over fifty countries have confirmed their participation in the Middle East conference, they will be represented by officials of the rank of minister or deputy minister, Deputy Foreign Minister Bartosz Cichocki announced on Friday.

Cichocki told private radio broadcaster RMF FM on Friday that the Polish government invited over 70 states to this event. He noted that the arrangements on who will represent particular countries and the European Union are still in progress. In his opinion, most states will send representatives of the rank of minister or deputy minister.

Concerning the EU representation, the deputy FM noted that Federica Mogherini, the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy will not be able to attend the conference.

"The security and stabilisation of the Middle East is also our concern (Poland's - PAP). We will benefit from the activation of the process, which will ease the Middle East's stabilisation. It is in our interest. The Middle East is not a remote galaxy or the antipodes. It is an area where our closest allies have sent their own soldiers. This is an area from which terrorist threats are directed towards our allies and towards us," Cichocki stated.

In early January, the US Department of State and the Polish Foreign Ministry announced that Warsaw will host a ministerial-level conference on issues pertaining to the Middle East, on February 13-14. The conference was also announced on Fox News by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The meeting is expected to focus on Iran, a country in conflict with Israel.

Participation in the conference is already confirmed by among others Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Natanjahu, representatives of the European states and countries form the Arabian Gulf.