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What to Expect from the Upcoming #WarsawSummit 2019

The US-Polish conference on peace and security in the Middle East was announced last week by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The summit is scheduled to be held on February the 13th and 14th in Warsaw, which is expected to be attended by ministers from a number of significant countries, whose number ranges to be almost 50.

The conference was initiated by the United States of America following the horrific events in the Middle East which have further added to the instability and violence in the region. And guess what which country decided to stay away from the peace talks, you guessed it, Iran.

On one hand, there are continuous efforts by the US and Saudi Arabia to promote peace and security in the region and on the other hand, Iran is continuously taking steps to raise questions and add to the controversy. Another country that is bashing the concept of a peace and security conference is the notorious superpower of Russia. Russia’s support of Iran is nothing new, and it has continued to add fuel to the fire and further demolish the relationship between the US and Iran. And what more is the fact that Iran is trying to force Poland to back out of the conference as well to further destabilize the situation. While most analysts believe that a peace conference is the need of the hour for the relief of the people of the Middle East, it was about time that someone initiated the talks and again it was the United States who took the first step.

The peace and security summit is expected to provide a platform to raise awareness about the growing issues in the Middle East and encourage other countries to share their ideas and provide solutions to the problems. It is to ensure a better future for the people of the region which as a result will have beneficial effects all around the globe. A number of high profile players are keen to join the conference and share their views about the current conditions of the controversial region. It is common knowledge nowadays that the alarming condition of the people of countries of the Middle East like Yemen and Syria begs immediate attention of the world. And that’s precisely why the US took this initiative and most countries are looking forward to joining the conference. The State Department of the US issued a statement regarding the agenda of the summit stating that “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.”

Mike Pompeo also said, “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.” Iran’s stance and actions have certainly proved it to be exactly that, a ‘destabilizing agent’, as it continues on its approach to hijack the peace and security summit.

The US Secretary of State also stated, “bring together dozens of countries from all around the world, from Asia, from Africa, from Western Hemisphere countries, Europe too, the Middle East of course.” As a stable and peaceful Middle East will have everlasting effects on the peace of the world as a whole.

And finally, he illustrated the agenda of the meeting in a very comprehensive statement, “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.”

With so much vested interest in the conference and a much-needed platform for communication, the summit is bound to have vast implications. As the joint US-Polish statement said, “a forum for countries concerned about instability in the region to share their assessments and offer ideas on a better way forward.”

Only time will tell which countries can eventually make it to the conference. But we certainly hope that the peace talks will bear fruit and the people of the Middle East can have a better future on their hands. Finally, we expect conferences like these happen related to other major issues as well.

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