Swiss broaden sanctions against Syria

August 14, 2012 19:17


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GENEVA - Switzerland banned three more Syrian firms, including the national airline, from doing business in the country and imposed travel bans and asset freezes on 25 more Syrians, mainly military officials.

The move aligns neutral Switzerland with a move by the European Union (EU) announced in late July, the State Secretariat for Economics (SECO) spokeswoman Antje Baertschi told Reuters from Berne on Tuesday.

Syrian companies subject to asset freezes now includes Syrian Arab Airlines, the Cotton Marketing Organization and Drex Technologies, SECO said in a statement. The move stops the flag carrier from landing at Swiss airports, because Swiss financial and airport services would not be provided, Baertschi said.

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