WASHINGTON, March 30 — The United States today sought to freeze assets of three senior Syrian government officials for helping foster violence against the country’s citizens.
The US Treasury Department targeted Defence Minister Dawood Rajiha, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army Munir Adanov and the head of presidential security, Zuhayr Shalish.
The US Treasury ordered that any assets the three have that come within US jurisdiction be frozen. It banned Americans from having any dealings with the Syrian officials.
The action “sends a strong message to the Syrian armed forces and all Syrian officials that the international community is bearing witness to the regime’s brutality,” the US Treasury said in a statement.
The Syrian regime’s continued efforts to put down an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad has imposed a devastating toll on the country, the US Treasury said.
Overseas today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Saudi Arabia’s king to discuss the conflict in Syria. Saudi Arabia has spearheaded Arab efforts to press al-Assad to end his bloody suppression of a year-old uprising and to step aside. — Reuters