Iran’s Ahmadinejad Supports Free Elections -- in Syria

By Patrick Burke | October 2, 2012 | 7:39 PM EDT

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

( - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad voiced his support for free elections in Syria to resolve the ongoing crisis between the Syrian government and the rebels.

“National understanding is the correct path, because we believe that holding free elections is the best solution to resolving that country's problem,” Ahmadinejad said during a Tuesday press conference in Tehran, as reported by the Iranian Fars News Agency.

He added that Iran has attempted to, “speak to both the Syrian government and opposition and have them agree on holding free elections.”

“This war has nothing for Syria other than damage and loss. We do not tell them what to do, rather we just want to help them to come to an understanding with each other,” said Ahmadinejad.

“Justice, freedom and respect and the manner a country should be administered are all amongst the rights of nations,” he said.

During the same press conference, Ahmadinejad mocked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “bomb drawing” that Netanyahu held during his address to the UN General Assembly last Thursday.

Ahmadinejad also suggested Netanyahu should do more “drawing homework.”

“He had drawn an infantile diagram which was more an insult to the audience and that showed how they look at others; they see themselves in a high position and (see) other nations as to be nothing,” he said.

Back in June 2009, Ahmadinejad won re-election against reformist challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi amid accusations of election rigging, sparking the so-called “Green Movement,” that called for Ahmadinejad’s removal.