Iranian minister: Turkey, Syria must solve their problems themselves
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 27 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
Turkey and Syria most solve their own problems, Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said, IRIB News reported.
Vahidi was commenting on the latest tensions between Turkey and Syria over a shot down Turkish Air Force F-4 jet.
A Turkish Air Force F-4 jet departing on Friday from the Erhac airbase in the Province of Malatya disappeared from radar screens half an hour after take-off in airspace over the Mediterranean Sea areas of Hatay province's south-east border with Syria.
Syria said it shot down the F4 jet because it was flying over Syrian territorial waters. However, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that the F4 jet was shot down in international airspace and its wreckage fell into Syrian territorial waters.
Turkey has sharply raised the stakes in a military standoff with Syria, claiming one of its search and rescue planes was shot at as it tried to find a Turkish jet shot down on Friday by Syrian gunners.
Ahmad Vahidi noted that there is certain tension that exists on the Turkish-Syrian border, and Iran in no way approves it.
"It doesn't bring anything good to region's security," Vahidi said.
NATO allies on Tuesday condemned Syria's shooting down of a Turkish military plane as unacceptable but they stopped short of threatening any military response that might drag them into a conflict with Syria's government.
Vahidi also noted that NATO's decision on this issue was wrong and unacceptable.
"Both countries have their own problems that must be settled through dialogue. Tension only creates more problems," Vahidi said. "All existing problems between Syria and Turkey must be solved through mutual cooperation, dialogue, and respectability of national sovereignty."