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U.S. Welcomes E.U. Decision on Syria Sanctions

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Washington, D.C. (AP) - The White House is welcoming the European
Union's decision to sanction Syrian officials for cracking down on
anti-government protesters.

An EU official said the organization next week will freeze the
assets of 13 Syrian government officials and ban them from
traveling anywhere in the European Union. Syrian President Bashar
Assad will not be affected.

Last week, President Barack Obama imposed financial penalties
against three top Syrian officials, Syria's intelligence agency and
Iran's Revolutionary Guard over the violent crackdown on
demonstrators in Syria.

On Friday, the White House warned that the U.S. and its allies
will take additional steps to register its disapproval with Syria's
behavior.

Witnesses say Syrian security forces fired on protesters Friday
as thousands joined nationwide demonstrations demanding an end to Assad's regime.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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