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Assad’s Brutal War to Blame for Syria’s Economic Situation and Humanitarian Crisis

Statement by Special Envoy for Syria Joel Rayburn December 30, 2020 The United States categorically rejects the very basis of the statements on so-called “unilateral coercive measures” made by the Special Rapporteur.  The Special Rapporteur’s attempt to blame Syria’s economic crisis on U.S. sanctions is misguided and false. The blame for Syria’s economic situation and humanitarian crisis falls ...
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On the Departure of Ambassador James F. Jeffrey

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE NOVEMBER 9, 2020 Ambassador James F. Jeffrey, who has served for almost two and a half years as the Special Representative for Syria Engagement and Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, will retire from his roles this month. In August 2018 Ambassador Jeffrey came out of retirement at my request ...
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Syria Sanctions Designations on the Anniversary of Assad’s Attack Against the People of Douma, Syria

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE NOVEMBER 9, 2020 Today, the Department of State and the Department of the Treasury sanctioned 19 individuals and entities under the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2019 and other sanctions authorities. Just over five years ago, on October 30, 2015, Bashar al Assad’s forces, backed by Iran and Russia, killed over 70 ...
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Statement by Ambassador Jeffrey on Idlib Airstrike by Pro-Regime Forces

Statement by Ambassador Jeffrey on Idlib Airstrike by Pro-Regime Forces Monday, October 26, 2020 We are very concerned by this dangerous escalation by pro-regime forces and apparent violation of the March 5 Idlib ceasefire agreement. By continuing their quest for a military victory, the Assad regime and its Russian and Iranian allies are threatening the stability ...
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