Sun Jun 24, 2012 4:31AM
Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi

Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi

Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has called on Turkey and Syria to exercise restraint with regard to the issue of the recent downing of a Turkish fighter jet by Syria. In a Saturday telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu, Salehi called on both sides to remain calm, and expressed optimism for the peaceful settlement of the issue through restraint and calm. Syria on Friday confirmed shooting down a Turkish fighter jet flying over its territorial waters, stressing that it engaged the jet in its own airspace “according to the laws that govern such situations.” According to a military statement issued on Friday, the F-4 Phantom was downed in Syrian territorial waters west of the village of Om al-Tuyour in Lattakia Province, 10 kilometers from the beach. Ankara had earlier said that its military lost radar and radio contact with the jet over the Mediterranean after it took off from Erhac Airport in the eastern Turkish province of Malatya. The Turkish military provided no details about the mission of the jet. ASH/HJL
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