Sixty states confirm their participation in Middle East conference

The Polish Foreign Minister, Jacek Czaputowicz announced on Monday that around 60 delegations, including ten from Middle East countries and all EU member states, had confirmed their participation in the Middle East conference in Warsaw on Feb. 13 and 14.

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 meeting is expected to focus chiefly on Iran.

Czaputowicz said that "a dozen or so countries have not yet replied to our invitation while a few decided not to come." "We have been satisfied over the confirmed attendance," the official stressed.

The minister underlined that the list of participants included over ten Middle East countries. "Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Israel, Yemen, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman and the United Arab Emirates have confirmed that their delegations will be led by ministers. Egypt and Tunisia are likely to send vice-ministers," Czaputowicz emphasised.

The foreign minister also stated that "all EU countries will be present at the conference," and that the majority of them would be represented either by ministers or deputy ministers.

"This is a serious sign that the EU's presence will be very strong," he went on to say.

The official also said that Poland wanted the conference "to launch a Warsaw process," namely a broadened debate about the situation in the Middle East and possible ways of solving problems of the region, easing conflicts and ensuring peace and stability.

According to Czaputowicz, the conference will focus on regional conflicts, humanitarian issues, the proliferation of mass destruction weapons, terrorism, hybrid threats and energy security.

Czaputowicz and the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, who will be co-chairing the conference, will present its main conclusions during a press conference after its end on Thursday.