Ahmadinejad proposes Tehran meeting to discuss Syria unrest
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has proposed a regional meeting in Tehran on the crisis in Syria, official news agency IRNA reported Friday.
"Iran is ready to hold a meeting of Islamic countries in Tehran for helping the Muslim government and people of Syria," Ahmadinejad told a group of Kuwaiti journalists in Tehran, dpa reported.
He said such a meeting could also be a "useful experience" in case what has been happening in Syria is repeated in another Arab country.
Ahmadinejad accused the United States and its allies of having plans to destabilize the region, "and first realize their aims in Syria and then in other countries."
The president said he backed all the anti-government protests during the Arab Spring, saying the voice of the people "echoes the Islamic reawakening" and should be heard.
Ahmadinejad has, until recently, stayed silent on the uprising in regional ally Syria, when he called for talks between the Syrian government and its opponents for implementing reforms.
Iran had initially accused the United States and Israel of being behind the six-month pro-democracy uprising in Syria, in which 2,200 people have been killed, according to United Nations estimates.