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US imposes sanctions on Syria’s Assad and wife under ‘Caesar Act’

Bashar Al-Assad with Asma Al-Assad [file photo]
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad (R) with his wife, Asma Al-Assad [file photo]

The Syrian Foreign Ministry has attacked the US in the first official response to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and his wife being placed on the “Caesar Act” sanctions list.

On Wednesday, the US issued the first list of sanctions against the regime under the Caesar Act, which included 39 names and entities, headed by Al-Assad and his wife, Asma.

According to the regime’s SANA news agency, a pro-official source in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the first package of US actions in the implementation of the Caesar Act reveals that the US administration has broken all international laws and norms.

According to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: “We anticipate many more sanctions and we will not stop until Assad and his regime stop their needless, brutal war against the Syrian people.”

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“I will make special note of the designation for the first time of Asma Al-Assad, the wife of Bashar Al-Assad, who with the support of her husband and members of her Akhras family has become one of Syria’s most notorious war profiteers,” Pompeo added.

Pompeo called the sanctions: “The beginning of what will be a sustained campaign of economic and political pressure to deny the Assad regime revenue and support it uses to wage war and commit mass atrocities against the Syrian people.”

Meanwhile, the anonymous SANA source claimed that the Syrian people and their “valiant army” will not allow the “professional criminals” of the White House to revive their collapsing project.

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