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Obama renews US sanctions on Syria for one year

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Latest update : 2010-05-04

President Barack Obama has renewed US sanctions against Syria for a year, accusing Damascus of supporting terrorist organisations and pursuing weapons of mass destruction.

REUTERS - President Barack Obama extended U.S. sanctions against Syria, saying on Monday it supported terrorist organizations and pursued weapons of mass destruction and missile programs.

Syria’s actions and policies "pose a continuing unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States," Obama said in a statement.

He noted that the Syrian government had "made some progress in suppressing foreign fighter networks infiltrating suicide bombers into Iraq. "

The Obama administration has been trying to forge a rapprochement with Syria, which it sees as crucial to Middle East peace efforts and stabilizing the nascent democracy in neighboring Iraq.

The outreach effort came under fire last month as a congressional panel questioned its wisdom amid charges that Damascus has sought to arm Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas with Scud missiles.

"As we have communicated to the Syrian government directly, Syrian actions will determine whether this national emergency is renewed or terminated in the future," Obama said.
 

Date created : 2010-05-04

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