US to delay Syrian sanctions

The United States has decided to delay new sanctions against Syria in view of rising tensions in the region.

    Washington accuses Syrians of aiding 'terrorists'

    President George Bush had planned earlier this week to curb future investments by American energy firms in Syria and prohibit Syrian aircraft from flying into the United States.

    Bush was also expected either to block transactions involving the Syrian government or ban exports to Syria of US products other than food and medicine.

    But a congressional source on Thursday said the decisions have been put on hold for the time being.

    "The situation on the ground in the Middle East warrants that the announcement be postponed," he said.

    "The situation on the ground in the Middle East warrants that the announcement be postponed"

    Congressional source


    New deadline

    Sources said the sanctions were now likely to be delayed until mid-April, underscoring US and international concerns their imposition could exacerbate tensions in the region following the assassination of Hamas leader Shaikh Ahmad Yasin.

    Administration officials said Bush was not backing away from the sanctions, under legislation he signed into law in December known as the Syria Accountability Act. They said the decision to impose them had been made, but the timing was in flux.

    Washington has been at loggerheads with Syria, accusing it of aiding "terrorists" and aiding anti-Israel fighters.

    Syria denies giving more than political support to those fighting the Israeli occupation.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.