MIDEAST > Ahmadinejad urges negotiations, elections in Syria

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Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. AP photo

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. AP photo

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he wants his allies in the Syrian regime to negotiate with the opposition for the staging of a free election, in an interview with Egyptian state television.
The two sides should "sit at the negotiations table to find a solution to the crisis, through mutual understanding," Ahmadinejad, who is on a visit to Egypt, said in the interview broadcast late Wednesday.
He said the preferred outcome would be "free elections, and the Syrian people are the ones who decide Syria's fate".
Iran is the main regional backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, while most Arab states support the opposition.
Syria has been ravaged by civil war that has killed an estimated 60,000 people in more than 22 months months, according to the United Nations.
Ahmadinejad, the first Iranian president to visit Egypt since the two countries severed ties after Iran's Islamic revolution in 1979, met Egyptian and Turkish leaders on Wednesday to discuss the Syrian conflict.


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Nature Guy

2/7/2013 2:26:17 PM

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Iran has been a part of the problem from the very beginning....along with Russia & China. Now it's too late to stop this war in Syria from becoming a total train-wreck. It seems obvious, now, that Al Qaeda has become involved as well. I fear the worst in the weeks, months--years ahead for the people of Syria.
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