WASHINGTON — The U.S. imposed wide-ranging sanctions
Thursday on Syria’s government and banned petroleum imports as the Obama
Administration called for President Bashar al-Assad to step down, Dow
Jones Newswires reported.
U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order
freezing any assets of the Syrian government in the U.S., blocking imports of
any petroleum-related products and prohibiting exports of services to Syria.
addition to banning petroleum imports and prohibiting U.S. citizens from doing
business with petroleum products originating from Syria, the U.S. is also
imposing sanctions against state-owned energy firms.