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The US amends the “Caesar” sanctions and allows certain dealings with the Syrian government.

Yesterday, the US Treasury issued a statement announcing the amendment of some provisions of the Caesar

The US amends the “Caesar” sanctions and allows certain dealings with the Syrian government.

Yesterday, the US Treasury issued a statement announcing the amendment of some provisions of the Caesar Sanctions Act on Syria, with the aim of expanding the scope of the mandate granted to non-governmental organizations.

The ministry indicated that the Office of Foreign Assets Control in consultation with the US State Department will amend the sanctions regulations to expand the general license to allow non-governmental organizations to participate in supporting non-profit activities in Syria.

The mentioned activities, according to the amendment include making new investments in Syria, purchasing Syrian petroleum products for use in Syria, conducting some transactions with persons from the Syrian government, and allowing specialized financial institutions to transfer funds and process remittances to support those activities.

According to the US Department of State’s statement, the amendments apply only to non-profit activities, including humanitarian projects that meet basic human needs, democracy building, projects in support of education, non-commercial development projects that directly benefit Syrians, and activities to support and preserve cultural heritage sites.

Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control at the US Treasury Andrea Jackie said that the US administration is giving priority to increasing aid access to parts of Syria, to help Syrians face the coronavirus pandemic in conjunction with the armed conflict.

Observers linked the easing of US sanctions with the project to extend power lines from Egypt and Jordan to Lebanon through Syria, which the US ambassador to Beirut Dorothy Shea had previously announced that the Biden administration wouldn’t include in sanctions, while others believed that the amendment came In the context of the World Bank’s support for a plan to ease the “Caesar” sanctions on Syria.

The US administration faced widespread criticism for imposing strict “Caesar” sanctions on Syria, and the impact these sanctions had on the lives of civilians, and the deterioration of their living conditions, especially in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

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