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US lifts sanctions on former Syrian PM

08-15-2012 07:59 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

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The United States has lifted financial sanctions against former Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab after his decision to leave Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

The decision was announced by the Treasury Department, which says Hijab would no longer be subject to US sanctions against senior Syrian officials, including a freeze on any assets he held under US jurisdiction.

At the State Department, officials said such a move by Washington did not have any bearing on what Syrians rebelling against Assad’s government may eventually decide, concerning the accountability of former officials of that government.

Hijab made the statement on Tuesday in Amman that he had resigned as head of the government of the Republic of Syria, and had not been fired by the Syrian government. He says he is not interested in any post in the future. He referred to Assad’s government as an "enemy of God" in his first public appearance since defecting earlier this month.

He also says Assad’s government is falling apart and controls only 30 percent of the country.

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: CCTV.com

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