Middle East roundup: Controversies over Syria and Libya

15.10.11

Middle East roundup: Controversies over Syria and Libya

Источник: «Voice of Russia»

The EU has expanded sanctions against Syria in a push to end a violent crackdown on opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, freezing the assets of an organization affiliated with his government. The move brings to 19 the number of Syrian groups blacklisted by the EU, which said it will release the name of the organization tomorrow. The EU announcement came as British Foreign Secretary William Hague told lawmakers in London that Britain had summoned Syria’s ambassador to warn him against the intimidation of Syrians in the UK who oppose Assad’s rule. In Libya, fighting continued today in the loyalist stronghold of Sirte, where anti-Gaddafi fighters say they control more than 80 percent of the city. Edmund Ghareeb, an adjunct professorial lecturer of comparative and regional studies at American University, Gaudet Bahgat, a professor at National Defense University, Bassam Haddad, Director of the Middle East Studies Program and Assistant Professor in the Department of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University, as well as Andrei Sushentsov, a lecturer at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, and Michael Roshchin, a senior researcher from Moscow’s Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences, discuss the situation around Syria and Libya.


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