Trump extended sanctions on Syria

While calling on all international organizations to stop the economic sanctions imposed by some countries due to the spread of Coronavirus, the United States of America still refuses to suspend its sanctions on Syria and Iran.

In a statement published yesterday, Thursday, on the electronic database in the US Federal Register, he announced that US President Donald Trump decided to extend the unilateral economic sanctions applied to Syria for another year.

Observers said that “extending the US sanctions on Syria is expected in light of the American policy that always stands against the policy of the Syrian government in support of resistance movements in the region, which rejects US and Israeli projects, including the deal of the century, Jewishness of the state, and plans to divide Iraq, Syria and the countries of the Middle East”.

The statement indicated that these sanctions are among the various restrictions imposed by Washington against Damascus, respectively, from 2012 to 2014.

And 10 countries including Russia, China, Iran and Syria have sent an official message to the High Commissioner for Human Rights calling for immediate action to lift the unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States on the countries.

The message from the group of countries affected by unilateral sanctions, especially those imposed by the United States, came because of the impact of serious sanctions on hundreds of millions of people in these countries.

The letter, signed by Russia, China, Iran, Syria, Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea, Zimbabwe, Cambodia and Nicaragua, indicated that these sanctions are a tool in the arsenal of US foreign policy in flagrant violation of not only international law and the Charter of the United Nations, but also at the expense of basic human rights, including That right to development and the right to education, health and food.

“The Coronavirus pandemic created a new impetus to recognize the full inhumane nature of unilateral coercive measures and their deadly effects on the affected population, and seriously undermine international cooperation to reduce the epidemic and treat patients,” the letter said.

Dr. Osama Danoura, a political and strategic analyst and a former member of the Syrian government negotiating delegation in Geneva, said that “in the general international scene, the Trump administration’s reliance on the weapon of sanctions and unilateral economic measures does not represent a new one in the logic of coercive policies that the United States relies on to adapt the countries of the world to dominate”.

He added, “the Trump administration has increased the quantity and quality of these measures that are outside the international legitimacy, within a context that exceeds the sanctions to reach withdrawal from many international agreements and treaties, as well as withdrawal from some international organizations and financially punishing them, the last of which is The World Health Organization, which Trump cut funding at the height of the global need for its role in the face of the Coronavirus epidemic.

Sanctions against Syria are not covered by any decision from international legitimacy, and Washington’s exploitation of its hegemony over the global financial system to punish its enemies is nothing but a new aspect of aggression, which the Trump administration wanted to move away from its military face, after successive administrations have exhausted the political and economic ability to get involved in a new quagmire After Afghanistan, Iraq and others.

He continued: “The United States is failing to manage the limited options of the superpower, including the scene of the trade war with China, pushing many countries to lean towards future economic planning independent of the Western economic wheel, and the matter for Syria does not go far from this framework”.

He went on to say: “Syria, Iran, and some of the forces that reject American hegemony have historically used to be the target of all forms of blockade, sanctions, and starvation, and although these escalating sanctions are currently more severe and comprehensive, on the other hand they force target countries including Syria to wean themselves On the economic connection with the West”.

He emphasized that “this strategy has two dimensions.

The first is the dimension related to enhancing self-reliance, and such a situation will be a mandatory crossing for the transformation of the rentier economy towards a productive economy, so depriving Syria of most of its oil potential as a result of the American occupation of the eastern region imposes a move towards a shift towards production”.

As for the second dimension – regarding economic networking with countries outside the American and Western influence, and this transformation despite its significant procedural complications, it leads to the gradual elimination of the possibility of using the economy as a weapon against Syria, so orientation east is one of the features Syrian strategy to overcome sanctions.

These restrictions include a ban on the financial assets of some persons and legal entities subject to U.S. jurisdiction, and a ban on the export of certain categories of goods and services to Syria.