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News number: 9107112210

17:34 | 2012-10-12

Foriegn Policy

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Envoy Describes Interception of Syrian Plane by Turkey as "Unacceptable"

TEHRAN (FNA)- Tehran's ambassador to Damascus cautioned Turkey about forcing a passenger plane of the Syrian Airlines to land in Ankara, underlining that the move was a flagrant violation of international norms.



Turkey's act is against the international laws and regulations and against norms of good neighborly relations as well, Iran's Ambassador to Syria Mohammad Reza Raouf Sheibani told the Islamic republic news agency on Thursday.

Turkish F-16 jets intercepted the Syrian Airbus A320 flying over the Turkish airspace late on Wednesday and escorted it to Ankara's Esenboga Airport.

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that the plane was carrying "equipment and ammunition shipped to the Syrian Defense Ministry."

In reply, Syria accused Turkey's Prime Minister of "lying".

"The Turkish prime minister continues to lie in order to justify his government's hostile attitude towards Syria," read a Thursday statement by the Syrian Foreign Ministry.

Damascus has also condemned the move as "hostile and reprehensible" and "another sign of the hostile policies of the Erdogan government, which harbors (anti-Syria insurgents) and bombs Syrian territory."