President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the negative reception he received at Columbia University failed to damage Iran's image and instead hurt America's prestige abroad, state television reported Saturday.
In his comments that aired Saturday, Ahmadinejad said during his New York university appearance the world witnessed "the greatness of the Iranian nation" in the face of "insults" by its American host.
"With the grace of God, the Columbia University issue revealed their aggressive and mean-spirited image. ... It backfired. What happened was exactly opposite of what their shallow minds had presumed," Ahmadinejad said late Friday after returning to Iran from his visit to the United States and Latin America.