March 4, 2019: EU, OFSI add 7 ministers to Syria sanctions

On Monday, UK regulators added the following 7 government ministers:

1. AL-RAHMOUN, Mohammad Khaled

Title: Major General DOB: –/–/1957. POB: Idleb Other Information: Minister of Interior. Appointed in November 2018. Listed on: 04/03/2019 Last Updated: 04/03/2019 Group ID: 13771

2. MARTINI, Mohammad Rami Radwan

DOB: –/–/1970. POB: Aleppo Other Information: Minister of Tourism. Appointed in November 2018. Listed on: 04/03/2019 Last Updated: 04/03/2019 Group ID: 13772.

3. AL-AZAB, Imad Muwaffaq

DOB: –/–/1970. POB: Damascus Countryside Listed on: 04/03/2019 Last Updated: 04/03/2019 Group ID: 13773.

4. IBRAHIM, Bassam Bashir

DOB: –/–/1960. POB: Hama Other Information: Minister of Education. Appointed in November 2018. Listed on: 04/03/2019 Last Updated: 04/03/2019 Group ID: 13774.

5. ABDULLATIF, Suhail Muhammad

DOB: –/–/1961. POB: Lattakia Other Information: Minister of Public Works and Housing. Appointed in November 2018. Listed on: 04/03/2019 Last Updated: 04/03/2019 Group ID: 13775.

6. AL-KHATIB, Iyad Mohammad

DOB: –/–/1974. POB: Damascus Other Information: Minister of Communications and Technology. Appointed in November 2018. Listed on: 04/03/2019 Last Updated: 04/03/2019 Group ID: 13776.

7. JAZBA, Mohammad Maen Zein-Al-Abidin

DOB: –/–/1962. POB: Aleppo Other Information: Minister of Industry. Appointed in November 2018. Listed on: 04/03/2019 Last Updated: 04/03/2019 Group ID: 13777.

to their Syria sanctions program, thus implementing Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/350.

And the EU issued the following press release:

Syria: EU adds 7 ministers to sanctions list

The Council today added seven ministers of the government of Syria to the list of persons and entities subject to restrictive measures against the Syrian regime and its supporters. These additions follow recent governmental changes in Syria.

Today’s decisions brings to 277 the number of persons targeted by a travel ban and an asset freeze for being responsible for the violent repression against the civilian population in Syria, benefiting from or supporting the regime, and/or being associated with such persons.

In addition, 72 entities are targeted by an asset freeze in view of the situation in Syria. More broadly, EU sanctions currently in place against Syria also include: an oil embargo,  restrictions on trade and investment, a freeze of the assets of the Syrian central bank within the EU, export restrictions on arms, weapons, equipment that might be used for internal repression as well as on equipment and technology for the monitoring or interception of internet or telephone communications. The sanctions concerning the situation in Syria have been in place since 1 December 2011 and are reviewed on an annual basis, the next review being due by 1st June 2019. As underlined in Council conclusions of 16 April 2018, the EU will continue to consider further restrictive measures against Syria as long as the repression continues.

The EU remains committed to finding a lasting and credible political solution to the conflict in Syria as defined in the UN Security Council resolution 2254 and in the 2012 Geneva Communiqué.

The legal acts, including the names of the persons concerned, are available in the EU Official Journal on 4 March 2019.

Links:

OFSI Notice

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/350

EU Press Release

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