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Lebanese PM urges dialogue between Turkey, Syria

06-25-2012 00:27 BJT

BEIRUT, June 24 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Miqati on Sunday urged Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to engage in dialogue with Syria to resolve the two countries' lingering differences, the National News Agency (NNA) reported.

The NNA quoted a statement issued by the prime minister's press office, saying that Miqati received a phone call from Davutoglu on Saturday night, in which Davutoglu informed the Lebanese premier about the latest information available on the downing of a Turkish military plane by Syrian forces earlier on Friday.

"Dialogue with Turkey and Syria contributes to solving ongoing differences and the current situation in the region requires prudence and self-restraint," Miqati told Davutoglu.

According to the statement, Miqati expressed his "solidarity with the families of the missing pilots and hoped that the ongoing cooperation between the Syrian and Turkish forces to find them and the plane's wreckage would lead to positive result."

Davutoglu said Sunday that the F-4 phantom jet was shot down in international airspace, 13 nautical miles from Syria, which, on the contrary, has said it hit the plane after it violated its airspace.

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: Xinhua

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