US lifts sanctions on Syria's former prime minister

August 14, 2012 17:33

WASHINGTON - The United States on Tuesday lifted financial sanctions against former Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab after his decision to leave Bashar Assad's government.

The US Treasury is ending its freeze on assets Hijab may have held under US jurisdiction, the department said in a statement. Nearly 30 senior officials in Assad's government are on the US Treasury's list of persons hit with asset freezes, including Syria's new prime minister, Wael Nader Al-Halqi.

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