Arab League approves sanctions on Syria

The Arab League, a 22-nation bloc has voted to impose economic sanctions on the Syrian government in order to end eight-month crackdown against an anti-government uprising.

In this regard, Qatari Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim stated that the sanctions include a freeze on assets and investments in Syria, and a halt to dealings with the Syrian central bank.

Sanctions will also impose a travel ban on tog officials of the government. Bin Jassim said the penalties would be implemented immediately, Reuters reported.

In this context, CBC pointed out, “Make no mistake, these are very tough sanctions for a country that is already reeling from sanctions imposed by the U.S. and EU.

Besides punishing an already ailing economy, the measures are also a huge blow for a Syrian regime that considers itself a powerhouse of Arab nationalism.

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