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Israeli leader to attend Mideast conference in Poland

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli official says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will attend an international summit on the Middle East next week in Poland. The U.S. and Poland are sponsoring the Feb. 13-14 conference, which they say is aimed at promoting peace and security in the region.

The Israeli official who confirmed Netanyahu's participation on Sunday spoke on condition of anonymity because a formal announcement has not been made. Netanyahu is an outspoken critic of Iran, which was not invited to the conference. Iran has called the gathering an anti-Iran "circus."

Russia has also said it will not attend. The event has also received a lukewarm response from the European Union, whose foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, is also skipping the event. A final list of participants has not been announced.

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