U.S. lawmakers on Thursdays introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at preventing the U.S. government from recognizing Bashar al-Assad as Syria’s president and enhancing the imposition of sanctions as other countries start normalizing relations.
The bill comes as #Syria rejoins the #ArabLeague, marking Assad’s regional rehabilitation amid continued Western opposition.
#Assad has remained in power despite a decade-long civil war and widespread international condemnation, including accusations from the UN that he used chemical weapons against civilians.
The legislation serves as a warning to #Turkey and #Arab countries that engagement with Assad’s government could carry severe consequences. The bill demands an annual strategy from the Secretary of State on countering normalization with Assad’s government and extends sanctions to airports allowing certain Syrian airlines to land.
Additionally, the bill would require a review of transactions over $50,000 in areas of Syria controlled by Assad’s government by individuals in countries such as Turkey, the #UAE, and #Egypt.
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