The United States has doubled down on its Syria sanctions strategy with the passing of the ‘Assad Regime Anti-Normalization Act of 2023’ at the House of Representatives on February 14. This bill aims to actively oppose normalisation efforts between foreign states and Bashar Al-Assad’s government; it broadens the scope of the Caesar Act sanctions and extends them until December 31, 2032. The Anti-Normalization Act expands Caesar Act sanctions to entities owned or controlled by a sanctioned person and adult family members of a sanctioned foreign person.
Two government delegations have recently visited Aleppo and met with local business leaders to address their electricity, customs, transportation, shipping subsidies, and finance concerns. Meanwhile, the Syrian cabinet has announced a flurry of decisions to improve the economic situation in the governorate.
The Syria Report is launching a series of in-depth interviews with some of the main humanitarian and development actors in Syria. Interview with Sachitra Chitrakar, Syria Country Director for the Danish Refugee Council.
Over the last year, aid and funds have poured into the governorates heavily affected by the quake (Aleppo, Hama, Idlib, Lattakia and Tartous), but the significant needs remain unmet.
On Monday, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad raised by 50 percent the salaries of civil servants and the military as well as pensions, the second significant increase in less than a year.
The Central Bank of Jordan has tightened money transfers from Jordan to Syria by reverting the easement of conditions adopted in March 2023 in the aftermath of the February 6 earthquake. The Jordanian move can be seen as a way to avoid international sanctions.