Syria’s foreign minister blames US, EU for suffering of his people
AP, Saturday 15 Dec 2012
Syrian FM calls the UN to condemn the sanctions imposed on the country's people by the US & the European countries and to work toward lifting them


Syria’s foreign minister has blamed the suffering of his country’s people on U.S. and European sanctions imposed on his country.

Walid al-Moallem has called on the United Nations to condemn these sanctions and work toward lifting them.

Moallem made his comments Saturday during a meeting in the capital, Damascus, with U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos who is on a one-day visit to Syria.

The US and EU have imposed a wave of sanctions to punish President Bashar Assad’s regime for its crackdown against protesters calling for democratic reforms. The protests have morphed into a civil war that has left more than 40,000 dead.

The current sanctions include a freeze on the assets of Assad and other Syrian government leaders, along with an embargo on the oil and arms trades.

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