Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/syria/iran : Ministers Adopt New Round of Sanctions

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/syria/iran : Ministers Adopt New Round of Sanctions

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The Council of the EU adopted a new round of sanctions against the Iranian and Syrian regimes, on 1 December, as the 27 member states' foreign affairs ministers met in Brussels. They agreed to implement further measures sanctioning the energy, financial, banking and trade sectors in Syria. "In light of the continued repression in Syria, the EU has decided today to place further restrictive measures targeting the regime's ability to conduct its brutal repression," the Council conclusions stated. "These new measures are related to the energy, financial, banking and trade sectors and include the listing of additional individuals and entities that are involved in the violence or directly supporting the regime," it continued. Ministers called for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down in order to allow the "peaceful and democratic transition" process to begin. They also reiterated their support and readiness to "develop a new and ambitious partnership with Syria across all areas of mutual interest, including by mobilising assistance and strengthening trade and economic links".

TEHRAN ALSO TARGETED

On Iran, after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report found that the country was developing its military nuclear technology and after the recent attacks on the British Embassy in Tehran, the 27 ministers agreed to take additional sanctions against the regime. They decided to adopt additional measures on the Iranian financial system, the transport sector and the energy sector. …

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