Middle East and Iran Focus of Conference in Poland

Middle East and Iran Focus of Conference in Poland

The United States recently announced its intention to host a conference in Poland next month. The focus of the conference will be the Middle East, and Iran in particular. On January 11, the U.S. State Department released a statement indicating the meeting would take place in Warsaw, Poland, from February 13 to 14.

“We have a strong and shared interest in creating a more peaceful and stable Middle East. The ministerial will be a forum for countries concerned about instability in the region to share their assessments and offer ideas on a better way forward. 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,” said the statement from the U.S. State Department spokesperson.

NCRI President-elect Supports Polish Conference

For the Iranian resistance, particularly the coalition of resistance known as the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), this meeting is seen as a departure from past approaches to the Iranian regime. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the NCRI, welcomed the departure from past policies that largely hurt the Iranian people, without impacting the regime.

According to Rajavi, “gaining access to weapons of mass destruction, violations of human rights, export of fundamentalism, and terrorism are the four pillars holding up the theocratic regime ruling Iran.”

She also encouraged the international conference to take 8 steps to address the Iranian regime, which Rajavi indicated needs a decisive and firm response. Those 8 steps include designating the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) as a whole as terrorists, as well as expelling intelligence agents and mercenaries from the U.S. and Europe.

“We’ll work on many issues including how it is we can get the Islamic Republic of Iran to behave more like a normal nation,” said Pompeo.

An unnamed Iranian government official indicated that they will resort to unspecified “counter-action” towards Poland but did not elaborate on what type of action it would be. The two countries have had a good relationship in the past. This recent announcement has introduced tensions into that relationship.

Need to Recognize Human Rights in Iran

For the Iranian people, the conference is another step toward the international recognition of their right to resistance and overthrow the mullah’s religious fascism and achieve freedom. The protests in Iran began at the end of 2017 and continued to grow throughout 2018. As the people gather to protest and demonstrate against the economic and social repression and mismanagement of the Iranian regime, they have begun to call for the end of the regime in greater numbers.

The regime has increased its executions and other repressive measures in an attempt to stop the growing number of protests. However, these efforts have not deterred the Iranian people and the protests continue to build in cities and rural areas throughout Iran. Resistance units made up of members of the MEK continue their protests and resistance efforts. The MEK and its resistance units have a growing role in the efforts of the Iranian people to achieve freedom for the Iranian people. 

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