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The United States withdrew from sanctions against Syria for six months the provision of assistance after the earthquake

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The US Department of the Treasury withdrew from the sanctions against Syria for six months any action to provide assistance to the country after the earthquake. According to Pledge Times this became known from the published on February 9 licenses on the official website of the ministry.

“Today, the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Treasury (OFAC) issued to Syria a General License (GL) 23 that authorizes for 180 days all earthquake related transactions that would otherwise be prohibited by the Syrian Sanctions Rules (SySR).” , the message says.

At the same time, the document emphasizes that the license does not apply to actions related to the sale of Syrian oil and petroleum products to the United States.

On the same day, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that sanctions should not interfere with the provision of humanitarian assistance to people affected by the earthquake in Syria. The day before, the UN coordinator in the country, Mustafa bin al-Malikh, also said that the sanctions imposed against Syria harm humanitarian activities in the country after the earthquake.


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