Middle East Conference in Poland - Jointly Against Iran?
Editors note: GMF's Michal Baranowski spoke to Deutschlandfunk about Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's Middle East peace and security conference in Warsaw.
The conference will focus on the international fight against terrorism and on the Iranian missile programme. The nuclear agreement with Iran is not on the agenda. At least not officially, says Michal Baranowski of the German Marshall Fund, a U.S. think tank:
"The nuclear agreement is the backdrop against which the talks are taking place. It is currently one of the most difficult issues, dividing the transatlantic alliance. The United States has denounced it. And the European Union is sticking to it. The EU has just founded a company, under Franco-German-British leadership, that should continue to make trade between Europe and Iran possible".
Michal Baranowski of the German Marshall Fund:
"We can see here that Europe is also divided internally. And not only between East and West. This is also unpleasant for our European community."
At least one concrete result of the Pence and Pompeo's high-profile visit from Washington is certain: Poland and the United States will seal another arms deal today. Warsaw is buying U.S. "Himars" multiple rocket launchers, worth $400 million. Those in charge in Warsaw also hope that the conference will bring them closer to their goal of a permanent U.S. military presence on their national territory.