Iran calls on Syria and Turkey to "keep it under control"
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 29 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
Islamic Republic Foreign Ministry's Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Iran calls on both Syria and Turkey to keep situation under control, and to show some restraint, Fars reported.
Speaking to Fars in an interview, Mehmanparast noted that Islamic Republic's Foreign Ministry has called upon Turkey and Syria to ease tensions, and to cooperate.
Ministry's spokesman 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 last 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 last Friday by Syrian gunners.
"Syria is fighting against the Zionist regime," Mehmanparast said. "That is why many regional countries that support Israel's interests in the region are against Syria. They pressure Syria to cause destabilization".
Mehmanparast noted that Iran tries to cooperate with all regional countries, no to allow outside powers to intervene and cause tensions in the region.