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As sanctions loom, Syria looks to retrieve funds from abroad

Damascus wants the country's banks to develop incentives to bring Syrian funds back, especially those deposited in Lebanese banks.

Syria wants its money back.

The Central Bank of Syria is redoubling efforts to bring back funds deposited in Lebanese and other foreign banks, as US financial restrictions on the Syrian regime grow tighter. The US House of Representatives passed Jan. 22 the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act on the Middle East for 2019, designed to impose stricter sanctions on the regime for torturing its own citizens. A similar bill is pending in the Senate.

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