US extends Syrian economic sanctions

US President George Bush has extended economic sanctions on Syria which were imposed last year.

    The US accuses Syria of supporting terrorism

    Bush on Thursday extended a ban on certain US exports to Syria and other sanctions that were imposed on 11 May 2004, to "beyond 11 May 2005" but did not specify a date.

    The sanctions severed banking relations with the Commercial Bank of Syria, froze assets of Syrians suspected of involvement in terrorism or the development of weapons of mass destruction, and prohibited Syrian flights to and from the United States.

    Bush accused Syria of supporting terrorism, pursuing weapons of mass destruction, undermining efforts to stabilise Iraq and "continuing its occupation of Lebanon" and said this posed a "continuing, unusual and extraordinary threat" to the United States.

    The US demanded Syria remove all its troops and intelligence officers from Lebanon after the 14 February assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri.

    Syria ended its 29-year military presence in Lebanon last week.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    No country in the world recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

    Strong quotes for Martin Luther King Jr Day

    Quotes from Martin Luther King Jr that resonate today

    Quotes of justice, education, religion and race said by MLK Jr.

    Bitcoin: Know the risks before you buy

    Bitcoin: All you need to know before you buy

    'Bitcoin is right now the riskiest investment you can make.' Here are the risks you should consider before you buy.