WED 21 - 3 - 2018
Date: Apr 15, 2017
Source: The Daily Star
Canada announces sanctions against key Syrian officials
Agence France Presse
OTTAWA, Ontario: Canada announced new sanctions against Syria Friday in response to its alleged April 4 chemical weapons attack, freezing assets and banning transactions with senior leaders from President Bashar Assad government.

The latest sanctions were Canada's first against Syria and Assad since 2014 when a conservative government was in office.

Assad, his family, government and the Syrian military hierarchy have long been the targets of sanctions.

But the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau extended the sanctions to 27 additional high-ranking government officials, said Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.

Among them were three generals – Adib Salameh, Jawdat Salbi Mawas and Tahir Hamid Khalil – accused of ordering attacks on civilian targets and torturing government opponents.

"Today's new sanctions against key officials are part of our continued efforts to increase pressure on the Assad regime to stop the violence against innocent children, women and men," Freeland said.

"Last week's chemical weapons attack in southern Idlib is a war crime and is unacceptable. Canada is working with its allies to end the war in Syria and hold those responsible to account."

Since November 2015, the Trudeau government has taken in 40,000 Syrian refugees.

Readers Comments (0)
Add your comment

Enter the security code below*

 Can't read this? Try Another.
Related News
Turkey will expand Afrin campaign if necessary
Strike on Syria's Ghouta kills 15 children sheltering in school: monitor
Turkish-led forces capture town of Afrin, dealing blow to Kurds
Syrian army gives Harasta rebels till 3pm to withdraw
Rebels in Syria's eastern Ghouta discussing ceasefire with UN: statement
Related Articles
The commune system: PYD governance in northeastern Syria
Syria at seven: Is a pathway to diplomacy possible?
In war-torn Syria, the messenger shoots you
U.S., allies risk squandering chance to redirect Syria
America can ignore Russia, but it does so at its peril
Editor In Chief & Webmaster : Nazih Darwish
Copyright 2018 . All rights reserved