Turkey forced Iranian planes to land for searches

August 17, 2006 13:20

Turkey forced two Syria-bound Iranian planes to land at an airport in the southeast of the country to search for rockets and other military equipment, the Foreign Ministry confirmed Thursday. Hurriyet newspaper reported Wednesday that Iranian planes were forced to land at Diyarbakir airport on July 27 and on Aug. 8 - but that no military equipment was found. Foreign Ministry spokesman Namik Tan said the incident took place and added Turkey was abiding by international rules. "Turkey is a country that takes care to act within the framework of international rules and agreements," Tan said. "The incident ... took place within this framework." Tan said the incident had not soured relations with Tehran. Turkey, the only Muslim member of NATO, has good relations with both Israel and its Arab neighbors. It has been trying to cultivate ties with neighbors Iran and Syria.

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