Vice President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Abdul Majeed Barakat, has welcomed the new sanctions imposed by the European Union on entities and individuals supporting the Assad regime. These entities have been instrumental in helping the regime bypass Western sanctions imposed on it.
Barakat emphasized the necessity of earnestly holding the Assad regime accountable for its crimes against the Syrian people spanning more than 12 years. He also called for concerted efforts to revitalize the political process and implement UN resolutions on Syria, particularly UN Resolutions 2118 and 2254.
On Monday, the European Union expanded its sanctions list related to the ongoing situation in Syria, adding six individuals and five entities. The individuals include an economic advisor to Assad, three influential businessmen supporting and benefiting from the regime, and two individuals linked to the Assad family.
The sanctioned entities comprise DJ Group, Cham Wings, Freebird Travel Agency, Illoma Private Investments Company, and Al-Aqeela Company. The European Union, in a statement on Monday, noted that some of these entities are involved in transporting Syrian mercenaries, arms trade, drug smuggling, or money laundering, which supports the regime’s activities.
Under these sanctions, the funds and other financial assets of these individuals and entities are now frozen in EU member states, and EU operators are prohibited from providing funds and economic resources to them.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)