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Iran slams ‘merciless’ US sanctions on Syria and guarantees to spice up financial ties with ‘resilient’ ally

Iran slams ‘cruel’ US sanctions on Syria and promises to boost economic ties with ‘resilient’ ally

Iran has denounced the newest sanctions imposed by america in opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as “merciless” and vowed to strengthen its financial ties with Damascus.

Washington’s new “Caesar Act” restrictions got here into pressure on June 17. The legislation, signed by US President Donald Trump in December final 12 months, targets organizations offering assist to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in politics, commerce, and the army. It additionally targets 39 people, together with the president and his spouse Asma al-Assad. 

On Thursday, Iranian Overseas Ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi condemned the punitive measures as opposite to worldwide legislation and human rights, and accused the US of constantly making an attempt to destabilize Syria.

“Because the world offers with the coronavirus pandemic, the imposition of such inhumane sanctions will solely exacerbate the struggling of the Syrian folks,” he mentioned in a press release to native media.

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Mousavi vowed Tehran would proceed its monetary cooperation with the “resilient” Syrian authorities and to strengthen financial cooperation regardless of the “oppressive and unilateral” measures.

The brand new sanctions triggered a fall in worth of the Syrian lira, and despatched costs of oil, meals, and important items hovering. 

Human rights activists have warned that the brand new restrictions will hurt abnormal Syrians, making an attempt to rebuild their lives after 9 years of conflict. Nonetheless, the US State Division claimed on Wednesday that the brand new invoice is just not meant to hurt the Syrian folks, however to advertise “accountability for the Assad regime’s violence and destruction.”

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Syria and Iran are long-standing strategic allies. Iran has additionally been beneath strict US sanctions since 2018, when President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA nuclear deal and reimposed restrictions, focusing on the nation’s oil and monetary sectors.

Individually on Thursday, Iran’s Overseas Ministry welcomed the upcoming UN Human Rights Council debate on racial discrimination and police brutality in america.

“Systemic racism, police brutality and violence in opposition to peaceable protests characterize simply the tip of the iceberg,” the Iranian Overseas Ministry mentioned in a Twitter submit, including that it was “excessive time” the world works in direction of “accountability” for the US on human rights “at dwelling and overseas.”

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