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State Department says more Syria sanctions possible before presidential transition

US Syria envoy Joel Rayburn also told Congress that non-Syrians could soon be sanctioned under the Caesar Act.

A State Department official told Congress today that the US government could add further Syria-related sanctions before US President Donald Trump leaves office, including on non-Syrians.

The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act took effect in June and has led to sanctions on a number of Syrians with alleged ties to the government of President Bashar al-Assad. The goal of the act is to sanction people and entities who enable human rights violations from the Syrian state. The act also targets those seeking to profit from reconstruction plans in Syria. Some of the most recent sanctions include Syrian financial and intelligence officials in September.

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