Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has announced that it will restore ties with the Syrian regime, while the E.U.’s strategy for relations with Damascus remains unclear.
On July 20, President Bashar Al-Assad appointed and replaced eight governors across the country’s provinces – by far the largest reshuffle since 2020.
The European Union and the United Kingdom sanctioned Syrian security companies and individuals, including well-known businessmen, for their involvement in the Ukrainian and Syrian conflicts.
The value of contracts awarded by United Nations agencies to Syrian companies decreased by around 18 percent last year.
The government recently contracted a Russian company linked to Russian oligarch Dmitry Pumpyansky to build and operate a new 4-star tourist resort in Lattakia.
The following is an interview conducted by The Syria Report with Dan Stoenescu, head of the European Union Delegation to Syria. Mr Stonescu talks about a variety of issues, including the outcomes of the latest Brussels conference, the renewal of the U.N. resolution on the Bab Al-Hawa border crossing, the OFAC licence authorising investment in Syria's northern areas, the ties between member states and the Syrian government.