The US State Department announced on Friday 11th January that the United States plans to jointly host a global summit focused on the Middle East, particularly Iran, next month in Poland. The gathering will take place in Warsaw from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14. Countries from across the globe have been invited to participate.
The statement said: "We have a strong and shared interest in creating a more peaceful and stable Middle East. The ministerial meetings 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 meetings 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".
The State Department stressed that this summit is an opportunity to identify these concerns, as well as build a consensus around a strong security architecture, and spur action to more effectively promote stability in the region.
Meanwhile the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew in to Bahrain from Cairo, and has already visited Amman, Baghdad, and the Iraqi Kurdish regional capital of Arbil. He arrived in Bahrain on Friday, 11th January, the first leg of a tour of Gulf monarchies, which Washington says are "critical" to confronting Iran and jihadist movements in the region.
Bahrain, a key US ally in the Gulf, hosts the US Navy's Fifth Fleet with around 7,800 US military personnel deployed in the country, as well as a British naval base.
Pompeo told reporters that the meeting would "focus on Middle East stability and peace and freedom and security here in this region, and that includes an important element of making sure that Iran is not a destabilizing influence. "
Pompeo made the announcement during his regional tour aimed at reassuring US allies after President Donald Trump's shock decision to withdraw all American troops from Syria, which sparked concerns that Iran's influence could grow.