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.