Syrian President Bashar Assad visited Tehran on Wednesday and said the recent reelection of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president of the Islamic Republic should be a lesson for Westerners pushing for greater representative democracy regarding what people in the region really want.
"I came here today to personally convey my warm congratulations to you and the Iranian nation," Assad told Ahmadinejad, the official Iranian news agency IRNA reported. "I believe what has happened in Iran was a great event and a great lesson for foreigners."
Assad said leaders like Ahmadinejad regularly rise to and maintain power in the Middle East is because of their tremendous successes. He suggested that Western powers only interfere in regional politics because they feel threatened by the successes and "victories" of leaders like Ahmadinejad.
Assad concluded that Ahmadinejad's electoral win, which is still being disputed in Iran, is evidence that Iran, Syria and other like-minded nations "must continue their past policies in the region."