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Obama ends Syrianair embargo

February 10th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

rb747noretSyrianair is being allowed to buy parts for two of its Jumbo Jets which have been grounded for years. And it seems this is just the start of the new era between Syria and America, with a whole range of sanctions being lifted.

The Boeing 747s were unsafe to fly – even by Syrian standards. But the Bush embargo prevented Syria buying essential safety parts.

So that meant Syrianair was flying across the world in just five aeroplanes.

Last year Syria finally abandoned American-made Boeings, and signed a deal with French President Nicolas Sarkozy to buy a huge new fleet of European Airbuses. The problem is, they won’t arrive for years.

But now Obama has allowed Syrianair to buy the parts to rehabilitate its two Boeing 747s. That will give some short-term relief before the Airbuses arrive.

Already the neo-cons are screaming “terrorist”. Apparently, the civilian jets could be used to…er, bomb Israel, or carry weapons!

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  • 1 Global Voices Online » Syria: Obama ends Embargo // Feb 11, 2009 at 7.54 pm

    […] News from Syria announces that US President Barack Obama has lifted an embargo on Syrianair, enabling the airline to purchase parts for two of its jumbo jets, which have been grounded for years. “And it seems this is just the start of the new era between Syria and America, with a whole range of sanctions being lifted,” writes Saroujah. Posted by Amira Al Hussaini  Print version Share This […]

  • 2 Grant // Mar 22, 2009 at 10.54 pm

    Hello, I’m a student in the United States who is currently studying Syria. I know that the past eight years have been dark times for U.S. Middle Eastern relations, and it’s good to finally see some light at the end of the tunnel, even if it’s only a glimmer. Do you believe that this move signifies a substantial change in U.S. Syrian foreign politics, or do you think it is merely political showboating by the Obama administration?

  • 3 Hadidi // Apr 13, 2009 at 4.49 am

    to Grant
    this is normal as it is known across the world that whenever the president is a democrat the world will see some relief and less wars, next term will be a republican term and it starts all over again.
    so do not be so optimistic, or may be you should at least for short term.

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