Coordinator of the Syrian Opposition Coalition’s (SOC) Caesar Act Follow-up Team, Abdul Majeed Barakat, welcomed the new batch of sanctions the United States imposed on individuals and entities with ties to the Assad regime.
Barakat stressed the importance of including Al-Qatirji companies on the list of US sanctions. He said: “In all our meetings with the US officials, we exposed the Assad regime’s attempts to circumvent the sanctions and its violations at the level of oil trade, especially with PYD militia.”
The United States on Monday announced new sanctions on officials, entities and individuals it accused of providing support to the Assad regime.
The action, which also targeted the Syrian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, aims to push the Assad regime back toward United Nations-led negotiations and broker an end to the war.
The U.S. Treasury Department in a statement said it slapped sanctions on Syrian military officials, members of the parliament, and government entities, as well as on Syrian and Lebanese people it accused of attempting to revive Syria’s petroleum industry.
“The Treasury Department is determined to continue to apply economic pressure on the Assad regime and its supporters for the repression conducted by the regime,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in the statement.
The sanctions which are imposed under the Caesar Act exclude food, medical, and other life-saving supplies. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)