EU adds two Syrian ministers to its blacklist

The EU Foreign Affairs Council added Monday the Minister of Industry Mohamed Mazen Ali Yousef and the Minister of Information Imad Abdullah Sara of Syria to the list of those targeted by EU sanctions against the Syrian regime in view of the gravity of the situation in the country.

These additions were made to take into account recent ministerial changes, as both ministers were appointed in January 2018, said the Council in a statement.

Today’s decision brings to 257 persons the total number of persons targeted by a travel ban and an assets freeze for being responsible for the violent repression against the civilian population in Syria.

In addition, 67 Syrian entities are targeted by an assets freeze.

Sanctions currently in place against Syria include an oil embargo, restrictions on certain investments, a freeze of the assets of the Syrian central bank held in the EU, export restrictions on equipment and technology that might be used for internal repression as well as on equipment and technology for the monitoring or interception of internet or telephone communications, it added.

Source: Kuwait News Agency