EU extends sanctions against Syrian regime

BRUSSELS, The European Union Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels Monday extended EU sanction against the Syrian regime until June 1, 2019.

“Given the ongoing repression of the civilian population, the EU decided to maintain its restrictive measures against the Syrian regime and its supporters, in line with the EU strategy on Syria,” the Council said in a statement.

The Council removed two deceased persons from the list. It now includes 259 persons and 67 entities targeted by a travel ban and an asset freeze.

The persons added most recently were included for their role in the use of chemical weapons, as was the case for the four persons added to the sanctions list on March 19, 2018.

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.

The EU remains committed to finding a lasting and credible political solution to the conflict in Syria as defined in the UN Security Council resolution 2254 and in the 2012 Geneva Communique, added the statement.

Source: Kuwait News Agency