Syrian Expatriates Welcomes EU Sanctions on Asma Assad, Wife of Bashar Assad, and Other Relatives

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The Syrian Expatriates (SE) welcomes the recent decision by the European Union to impose sanctions on Asma Assad, Bashar Assad’s wife, and other family members. SE considers these sanctions another positive step in increasing the pressure on Assad to step down from power.

The Syrian Expatriates (SE) welcomes the recent decision by the European Union to impose sanctions on Asma Assad, Bashar Assad’s wife, and other family members. SE considers these sanctions another positive step in increasing the pressure on Assad to step down from power.

As reported by the Washington Post, “EU foreign ministers imposed sanctions Friday on Asma Assad, the stylish, British-born wife of the Syrian president, banning her from traveling to European Union countries and freezing any assets she may have there. The foreign ministers also imposed the same sanctions on President Bashar Assad’s mother, sister and sister-in-law, and eight government ministers, in a continuing attempt to stop the bloody crackdown on opposition in the country."

The Syrian Expatriates expresses appreciation to the EU for their recent decision and recognizes the importance of imposing sanctions on Assad's closest circle. However, sactions alone have not been effective in halting Assad's brutality against the Syrian people. More aggressive action is needed.

Mazen Asbahi, government affairs director for the Syrian Expatriates states: "While we welcome the decision by the EU to impose additional sanctions on those personally closest to Bashar Assad, we have seen that sanctions alone have not been enough. We call on the EU, the U.S. and other world leaders to use more forceful action to bring a halt to the violence. The EU should be ready to move quickly should the Kofi Annan peace plan fail -- as many expect it will -- to establish safe zones and humanitarian corridors."

The Syrian Expatriates is a leading nonprofit organization of Syrian Americans and Syrians living in the U.S. that reflects the diversity and talent of the Syrian nation. Its mission is to support the establishment of a free and democratic Syria. In addition, the Expatriates provides humanitarian relief to those in need and organizes and sponsors efforts to support the social, political and economic development of Syria.

For more information regarding Syrian Expatriates, please visit our website: http://www.syrian-expatriates.org.

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