The United States stressed that the Caesar Act and other US Syria sanctions do not target humanitarian assistance for the Syrian people.
In comments published on Twitter on Wednesday, the US embassy in Damascus said that as the new round of sanctions under Caesar Act takes effect today, the United States “remains committed to working with the UN and international partners to bring life-saving assistance to the Syrian people who continue to suffer at the hands of the Assad regime.”
The US permanent representative to the United Nations, Kelly Craft, on Tuesday told the UN Security Council that her country will begin implementing the Caesar Law in order to “prevent the Assad regime from securing a military victory.”
“Our aim is to deprive the Assad regime of the revenue and the support it has used to commit the large-scale atrocities and human rights violations that prevent a political resolution and severely diminish the prospects for peace,” Craft said.
The Caesar Act, which the US Congress passed on December 11, 2019, expanded the sanctions already imposed on the regime to include countries, entities, and individuals who support the regime or do business with it. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)