Pompeo says US to host world summit focused on Iran next month

Pompeo says US to host world summit focused on Iran next month

The U.S. will hold an international gathering of Middle Eastern allies next month in Poland, where top U.S. officials will discuss with foreign counterparts the future of the region, including battling Iran's influence.

Fox News reports that Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo: US 'absolutely not' getting out of the Middle East Pompeo taking meeting about running for Kansas Senate seat: report Ex-US envoy in ISIS fight: 'There's no plan for what's coming' after US troop withdrawal in Syria MORE announced the U.S-hosted conference, to be held from Feb. 13-14, that will feature representatives from "dozens" of countries as the U.S. on Friday began withdrawing troops from Syria, where around 2,000 U.S. service members are stationed.

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"We'll bring together dozens of countries from all around the world,” Pompeo told Fox News.

"Countries will all come together to 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 added.

Pompeo made the announcement while on a trip through the Middle East that has included stops in Iraq and Egypt.

Pompeo added to Fox that the summit would include nations from Africa, Europe, Asia and elsewhere as the Trump administration continues to put pressure on Iran's government following the exit of the U.S. from the Iran nuclear agreement last year.

Pompeo's announcement came two days after news that Iranian officials had detained a U.S. citizen, marking the first detention of a U.S. citizen in Iran under President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values MORE's administration.

“An American citizen was arrested in the city of Mashhad some time ago and his case was conveyed to the U.S administration on the first days” of his incarceration, Iran's foreign minister said this week.

The State Department says that it is aware of U.S. Navy veteran Michael White's detention but would not comment further on the situation.

“We are aware of reports of the detention of a U.S. citizen in Iran,” the State Department said Monday. “We have no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens abroad. Due to privacy considerations, we have no additional information to provide at this time.”