US slaps sanctions on Syrian defence minister

March 31st, 2012 - 12:08 am ICT by IANS  

Barack Obama Washington, March 30 (IANS) The US Treasury Department announced Friday that it had slapped sanctions on the Syrian defence minister and two senior military officials.

In a statement, the Treasury Department said it had designated Syrian Minister of Defense Dawood Rajiha, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army Munir Adanov and Head of Presidential Security Zuhayr Shalish.

The department noted that the designations were pursuant to an executive order signed by US President Barack Obama in May last year, which was designed to target senior Syrian government officials.

According to the department, US citizens are prohibited from doing business with the designees and their assets under US jurisdiction are frozen.

The fresh round of sanctions against senior Syrian officials came days after the Syrian government accepted the six-point peace plan put forward by UN-Arab League joint envoy Kofi Annan. The proposal includes commitments to end the violence, allow humanitarian assistance and permit protests.

On Wednesday, the US State Department blamed the Syrian government for not implementing Annan’s peace plan, citing the continuing violence in the Middle East country.

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