Hossein Sheikholeslam, foreign policy adviser to Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani praised Berri as one of the “greatest experienced political and national figures.”
He also praised the June election in which Syrian President Bashar Assad was reelected as “first step toward the desired democracy ” and stressed that Iran has always been pushing for fair and transparent elections in Syria that would ensure the creation of a democratic regime.
Speaker Berri is a key ally of Hezbollah which is backed and financed by Iran .
Assad was re-elected last June in the country’s first presidential vote since its civil war broke out in March 2011.
Assad received 88.7% of the vote, the state media outlets reported in an election that took place only in areas controlled by the government. Rebels hold significant parts of the north and east of the country.
Opposition groups and many Western countries have said the voting was rigged and that Assad’s two little-known challengers — Hassan al-Nouri, a businessman and former government minister, and Maher Hajjar, a lawmaker — were just window dressing to give the undertaking a veneer of democracy.
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