IRI President: Holding elections is solution to Syria problem
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said solution to Syrian crisis is national reconciliation, adding that election in that country should be held freely and with mutual understanding of both sides, IRNA reported.
Ahmadinejad, who was speaking in a press conference here on Tuesday afternoon with domestic and foreign reporters, made the remark in an answer to a question posed by Lebanese TV network " Al-Mayadeen" reporter.
The reporter's question was on Turkey's premier statement who has asked Iran, Russia and China to revise their stances on Syria.
The president answered that Syrian problem is very important and complicated, adding that Syria is a tribal society, a fact which has made the issue more complicated.
He continued that Iran's stances are very clear; we have repeatedly declared that justice, freedom, respect and administering the country are among rights of all nations, but there is a difference between us and our friends on way of fulfilling the rights, we say through national reconciliation, but some others believe in war.
Ahmadinejad stressed that solution to Syrian problem is holding a free election.
'It is people's right to choose their leaders, but it should be through national understanding.'
He continued that friends and leaders who spoke in Justice and Development Party congress are adherent of war, but we cannot tell them what way to choose.
The president reminded that Iran has proposed establishment of a contact group to settle Syrian problem and pointed out that by forming the group we would be able to talk with both sides and convince them for holding free elections and imposing people's vote and intention.
On a question whether Syria problem would be solved if President Assad relinquishes power, the president said Iran does not interfere in other countries' internal affairs and we believe in free elections but it should be held with national reconciliation.