Turkey warns Syria against import ban

By REUTERS
September 30, 2011 17:42

 
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ANKARA - Turkey threatened on Friday to retaliate against Syria for its decision to impose a sweeping import ban, in a further sign of fraying ties between the two neighbors over Syrian President Bashar Assad's bloody crackdown on protesters.

As Western nations broaden sanctions against Syria's ruling elite and protests disrupt the economy, Damascus last week slapped a ban on all imports except grain, raw materials and 51 essential items, to preserve its dwindling foreign reserves.

Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan said he hoped Syria changed its practice as soon as possible and warned that Turkey, Syria's largest trading partner, might decide to target Syria's exports.

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