BEIRUT

Lebanon News

Lebanon to enforce Arab Syria sanctions: minister

Economy Minister Nicolas Nahhas speaks during an interview in his office in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Nov. 4, 2011. (Mahmoud Kheir/The Daily Star)

BEIRUT: Lebanon will enforce Arab League sanctions imposed on neighbouring Syria even though it did not back the punitive measures, Economy Minister Nicola Nahhas told AFP Wednesday.

"We are committed to implementing the Arab League sanctions," Nahhas said, pointing out that the Syrian government in any case had no trade dealings with Lebanon.

"The Lebanese state has no trade dealings or financial transactions, neither with the Syrian government nor the central bank," he said.

Nahhas said the Arab League sanctions were clear in that while no transactions could take place with the Syrian government, that did not apply to the private sector.

He said Lebanese banks however would have no dealings with the Syrian central bank or any individuals targeted by the sanctions.

Damascus has no funds deposited in the Lebanese central bank and there is therefore no need to act on the Arab League sanctions, governor Riad Salameh said Monday.

In an unprecedented move, the pan-Arab bloc Sunday approved a raft of sanctions against Syria to pressure Damascus to end its deadly crackdown against an eight-month revolt.

The sanctions include freezing government assets, suspending cooperation with Syria's central bank and halting funding for projects in the country.

Lebanon, whose government is dominated by the pro-Syrian Hezbollah movement, disassociated itself from the vote at the Arab League.

Syria has long held sway in Lebanese politics and the revolt threatening the regime in Damascus has deepened a rift between the ruling pro-Syrian bloc headed by Hezbollah and an anti-Syrian opposition headed by Sunni ex-premier Saad Hariri.

 

Recommended

Related Articles

Entities

Advertisement

Comments

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)

comments powered by Disqus

Advertisement

FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE

Interested in knowing more about this story?

Click here