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News number: 9107111826

13:03 | 2012-10-10

Foriegn Policy

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FM: Iran in Contact with Syria, Turkey to Soothe Border Clashes

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi announced on Wednesday that Tehran is constantly in contact with officials in Ankara and Damascus to prevent and control border escalations between the two countries.



"Iran has advised both countries to maintain self-restraint, and the Islamic Republic is in contact with Turkey to settle the crisis," Salehi told reporters after a cabinet meeting in Tehran on Wednesday.

"God willing, when this (the negotiations) comes to a conclusion, we will publicize the results," he added.

The border conflicts between Turkey and Syria started on October 3, when a mortar hit the border town of Akcakale in Southern Turkey.

It was not clear who fired the mortar into Turkey, but security sources said it had come from near Tel Abyad and that Turkey was increasing the number of troops along its border.

Syria says it is investigating the source of the mortar bomb and urged restraint. Information Minister Omran Zoabi conveyed his condolences to the Turkish people, saying his country respected the sovereignty of neighboring countries.

But, Turkey fired artillery and mortars at targets inside Syria this week.

Since the beginning of unrests in Syria in March 2011, Turkey has tried hard to intensify the crisis in Syria by training terrorists and sending weapons to the Arab country. Such behavior resulted in further problems for the government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in its relations with its neighbors.