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04 Mar 2019

EU Adds Seven Ministers of Syrian Government to Travel Sanctions List

Banned from entering Schengen AreaThe European Council has added another seven high officials from Syria to the list of persons banned from entering the EU countries. The move has been undertaken as a part of a series of restrictive measures against the Syrian regime and its supporters.

According to a press release of the European Council, these additions follow the recent governmental changes in Syria, and bring the number of persons banned from entering the EU to 277.

“Today’s decision brings to 277 the number of persons targeted by a travel ban and an asset freeze for being responsible for the violent repression against the civilian population in Syria, benefiting from or supporting the regime, and/or being associated with such persons,” the press release reads.

The new additions to the list are all current ministers of the Assad regime:

  • Major General Mohammad Khaled al-Rahmoun – Minister of Interior as of November 2018
  • Mohammad Rami Radwan Martini – Minister of Tourism as of November 2018
  • Imad Muwaffaq al-Azab – Minister of Education as of November 2018
  • Bassam Bashir Ibrahim – Minister of Higher Education as of November 2018
  • Suhail Mohammad Abdullatif – Minister of Public Works and Housing as of November 2018
  • Iyad Mohammad al-Khatib – Minister of Communications and Technology as of November 2018
  • Mohammad Maen Zein-al-Abidin Jazba – Minister of Industry as of November 2018

The wife, mother, sister and sister-in-law of Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad are among the 277 persons banned from the EU, whose bank accounts and other assets have been frozen.  The four have been part of this list since March 2012.

The EU has a wide list of persons banned from entering the EU countries and the Schengen Area.

In November 2018, 18 Saudi Arabia nationals were banned from entering the border-free Schengen Area over journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death last month. Germany was the one to bind all other Schengen countries in banning 15 members of the squad suspected of killing Khashoggi in Riyadh’s Istanbul consulate, and a further three suspected of organizing the murder.

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