Absent Iran takes center stage at Mideast talks in Poland

Absent Iran takes center stage at Mideast talks in Poland

Absent Iran takes center stage at Mideast talks in Poland

Netanyahu told reporters shortly after meeting Oman's foreign minister on the sidelines of the conference that the meeting in Warsaw should focus on the "common interest of war with Iran".

Benjamin Netanyahu has employed harsh rhetoric against Iran for years, but he went a step further on Wednesday, saying that Arab countries participating in a Middle East conference in Warsaw "are sitting down together with Israel in order to advance the common interest of war with Iran".

Citing a list of regional challenges ranging from Iran, Syria, and Yemen to the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, Pompeo said, "No one country will dominate the discussion today nor will any one issue dominate our talks". "We must work together for security", he said.

Netanyahu may have misspoken, but his comments are sure to gain global headlines. Meanwhile in Russia, President Vladimir Putin is meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the coastal city of Sochi to discuss post-civil war Syria.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that Arab countries and Israel are talking about combating Iran jointly.

Speaking at a Middle East conference in Poland, Pence accused Iran of being the world's greatest state sponsor of terrorism.

"You can't achieve peace and stability in the Middle East without confronting Iran", Pompeo said.

"We're trying to expand the number of nations who are engaged and have a stake in the future of a peaceful and prosperous Middle East", Brian Hook, the state department's special representative for Iran, told Reuters news agency.

"Sadly, some of our leading European partners have not been almost as co-operative", Pence said on Thursday.

"None of the region's challenges will solve themselves", the USA top diplomat also said. "In fact, they have led the effort to create mechanisms to break up our sanctions", Pence said during the conference in Warsaw. "No country can afford to remain on the sidelines".

According to Pence, the introduction of the INSTEX mechanism is "an ill-advised step" that could create distance between the USA and the European Union.

'It's an ill-advised step that will only strengthen Iran, weaken the European Union and creates still more distance between Europe and the United States, ' Pence said.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Wednesday that a two-day conference being co-hosted by Washington in Warsaw on Iran and the Middle East was "dead on arrival".

"The global community must consistently call out parties seeking to sow instability, and this includes by being vigilant about the very real machinations towards war that are being undertaken", the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) said in a statement.

Netanyahu has repeatedly pledged to use all means at his disposal, including military, to prevent Iran acquiring advance bases on Israel's doorstep.

Israel has signed peace accords with Egypt and Jordan, but other Arab nations have refused to publicly improve relations without significant progress being made toward ending Israel's half-century occupation of lands sought for a Palestinian state.

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