The Iranian Foreign Ministry voiced concern over the recent military tensions between Syria and Turkey, and called on both sides to practice self-restraint.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian told FNA on Sunday that military approaches would only increase tensions in the region.

"The military approach doesn’t resolve the problems and just makes the situation more complicated," he said.

Amir Abdollahian underlined that Tehran and Ankara are determined to continue their fight against terrorism and support political solution to the Syrian conflict.

Tensions between Damascus and Ankara intensified after the latter downed a Syrian warplane two days ago.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulated the army for targeting the plane, and warned of a heavy response if Syria violates Turkey’s airspace again.

However, Syrian officials on Sunday rejected Turkey’s claim about the violation of its airspace, and said the plane was inside the Syrian airspace when it was downed.

A Syrian army spokesman described the act as “a flagrant aggression,” saying the warplane was targeting foreign-backed militants in the coastal province of Latakia, close to the border with Turkey.

Syrian army soldiers have been engaged in heavy clashes over the past days with foreign-backed militants around Kassab, a border crossing with Turkey close to the Mediterranean.

The conflict in Syria started in March 2011, when sporadic pro-reform protests turned into a massive insurgency following the intervention of western and regional states.

The unrest, which took in terrorist groups from across Europe, the Middle-East and North Africa, has transpired as one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent history.

As the foreign-backed insurgency in Syria continues without an end in sight, the US government has boosted its political and military support to Takfiri extremists.

Washington has remained indifferent to warnings by Russia and other world powers about the consequences of arming militant groups.

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