Vice President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Abdul Majeed Barakat, underscored the imperative of maintaining international sanctions on the Assad regime, emphasizing that it would hinder the regime’s efforts to evade previous sanctions.
In an exclusive statement to the NoonPost news website, Barakat welcomed the European Union’s recent sanctions against the regime and its economic affiliates, critical for funding ongoing atrocities against civilians.
Barakat highlighted that these sanctions affirm the consistent European approach to handling the Syrian crisis. He noted a recent perceived hesitation from the United States and the European Union in issuing sanctions against the regime, providing it with opportunities to devise new strategies and entities to evade existing measures. This underscores the significance of the newly imposed sanctions.
Emphasizing the pivotal role of sanctions, Barakat expressed hope that they would propel the political process forward without adversely affecting civilians in regime-held areas. He acknowledged the burden placed on Syrians in those areas by the regime, which habitually shifts the impact of sanctions onto its populace.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)