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America ends internet embargo on Syria

July 27th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Culture, Politics

The US is removing some of its sanctions on Syria, just months after the embargo was controversially renewed.

Syria’s Ambassador to Washington, Imad Moustapha, says the block on computer equipment and internet downloads is being lifted. This part of the sanctions has been a source of anger for Syrian computer users.

Moustapha says US officials have also told him that Syria will now be able to buy safety equipment for their planes. This part of the embargo has forced Syrianair to ground many of its aging fleet.

He told Syrian TV that Obama is expected to remove the remaining parts of the embargo one by one, because abolishing the sanctions law in one go would require the consent of Congress.

The announcement comes as America’s top envoy to the region, George Mitchell, ends his visit to Damascus.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 razan // Jul 27, 2009 at 3.07 am

    That’s good to hear. I don’t want to read into this, I am in Damascus right now and there are some American sites I want to access and it’s bothering that I can’t not even with a proxy.

  • 2 yaser // Jul 27, 2009 at 6.45 pm

    I beg to differ with the idea that this will have a good impact, I don’t think will change anything because our problems stems from poor management not from lack of material equipment.

  • 3 Jillian C. York // Jul 27, 2009 at 7.20 pm

    I wonder why that first – I mused about this to Anas Q on the bus last night…in one sense, the Internet and software sanctions are low-hanging fruit, and will immediately affect the very people who will then go out and blog/talk about it…but on the other hand, how much does it really affect Syria overall?

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