Washington amends sanctions on Syria

On Wednesday, the US Treasury announced that it has decided to amend the sanctions imposed on Syria to expand the scope of the mandate related to the activities of certain non-governmental organizations.

The US Treasury said in a statement that it had amended existing rules on Syrian sanctions to expand the scope of permits for NGOs to engage in certain transactions and activities.

It also amended the general permit for NGOs to enable them to participate in additional transactions and activities to support non-profit businesses in Syria, including new investments and the purchase of refined petroleum products of Syrian origin for use in Syria and some transactions with government sectors.

“The US is prioritizing increasing humanitarian access to parts of Syria in order to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people who continue to face armed conflict, food insecurity, and the Covid-19 pandemic,” Andrea Jackie, director of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, said in a statement.

The ministry clarified that the new transactions and activities in the amended general permit are only authorized to support non-profit activities that are already permitted such as humanitarian projects and democracy building.

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