CBNNews.com - U.S. President George W. Bush issued an executive order Wednesday calling for new sanctions against Syria.
With naming specific individuals, the expanded sanctions accuse senior government officials of efforts to destabilize Iraq and torpedo the Lebanese government.
According to the White House, Wednesday's executive order expands the sanctions imposed in May 2004 for Syria's support of international terror and its role in undermining the US in Iraq. The May 2004 order banned all US exports to Syria, outside of food and medicine, and banned flights to and from the US.
The order further authorized the Treasury to freeze assets of Syrian nationals suspected of involvement in acts of terror, weapons of mass destruction, the occupation of Lebanon, and restricted business between US banks and the Syrian national bank.
The executive orders accuse Syria of supporting terrorist groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas, and undermining US efforts to stabilize Iraq by allowing terrorists to pursue their activities on Syrian soil and cross the border into Iraq.
"[The Syrian government] continues to pursue other activities that deny the Syrian people the political freedoms and economic prosperity they deserve and that undercut peace and stability of the region," the order read.
"Syria continues to undermine Lebanon's sovereignty and democracy, imprison democracy advocates, curtail human rights and sponsor and harbor terrorists. The United States will continue to stand with the people of Syria and the region as they seek to exercise their rights peacefully and to build a brighter future," the order stated
Source: The Associated Press