The U.S. Treasury Department has added 7 Syrians and 10 Syrian companies to its sanctions list.
Sanctions were also imposed on the Syrian Central Bank and Asma al-Assad, the wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed in a statement that Asma al-Assad was obstructing efforts to find a political solution to the Syrian conflict. Several of Asma al-Assad’s immediate relatives, including her parents, would also be subject to punitive measures, it said.
Their assets in the United States will be frozen and business dealings with them will be prohibited.
At the same time, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement that Washington would use all means to exert further pressure on the Syrian government.
The crisis in Syria began in 2011 with a massive influx of terrorist groups supported by the West and some countries in the region. This was intended to change the balance of power in the region in favor of the Zionist-Israeli regime.
The Syrian government’s successes in fighting the terrorists have infuriated the U.S., which has long collaborated with anti-Damascus militants and stolen Syria’s raw materials.
Syria, as a member of the resistance front plays a key role in countering the plots and sabotages of the U.S.-Saudi-Zionist axis in the region.
by Basit Abbasi