THU 22 - 8 - 2019
Date: Mar 5, 2019
Source: The Daily Star
Seven Syrian ministers added to EU sanctions list
Agence France Presse
BRUSSELS: European Union countries Monday added Syria’s interior minister and six other new ministers to a sanctions blacklist for their role in President Bashar Assad’s “violent repression” of civilians. The European Council grouping the 28 member countries said the ministers who were appointed to Assad’s government in November have been barred from traveling to Europe and will see their assets frozen. “The council today added seven ministers of the government of Syria to the list of persons and entities subject to restrictive measures against the Syrian regime and its supporters,” it said in a statement.

With the additions, there are now 277 people under EU sanctions for their role in the “violent repression” of civilians in Syria and for their links to the Assad regime.

The EU said the seven new people on the list were Interior Minister Maj. Gen. Mohammad Khaled Rahmoun, Tourism Minister Mohammad Rami Radwan Martini, Education Minister Imad Muwaffaq al-Azab, Higher Education Minister Bassam Bashir Ibrahim, Public Works and Housing Minister Suhail Mohammad Abdel-Latif, Communications and Technology Minister Iyad Mohammad al-Khatib and Industry Minister Mohammad Maen Zine al-Abidine Jazba.

The EU has also frozen the assets of some 72 entities. EU sanctions have been in force since Dec. 1, 2011, and are subjected to annual review, with the next one due on June 1. Other bloc sanctions include an embargo on Syrian oil, investment restrictions and a freeze on Syrian central bank assets within the EU. They also cover export restrictions on equipment and technology that Damascus could use to repress its people as well as well as those it could use to monitor or intercept internet or telephone calls.

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