Bashar al-Assad 'wishes' Syria didn't down Turkish jet

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Credit: Reuters

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has said in an interview with a Turkish newspaper that he wishes Syrian forces did not shoot down a Turkish jet last month.

Reuters reports Assad stated he will not allow tensions between Syria and Turkey to turn into open combat.

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Assad regrets Turkey incident

President Assad says he wishes Syrian forces had not shot down a Turkish jet last month, adding that he won't allow tensions with Turkey to turn into open combat.