US expands Syria sanction exemptions for NGOs

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The US Treasury announced on Wednesday that it was expanding sanction exemptions for NGOs operating in Syria, allowing them to engage with the Syrian regime in previously banned activities . The expansion gives NGOs the ability to invest in Syria, purchase Syrian petroleum, and engage with the regime in certain projects. These activities are permitted only if projects are humanitarian in nature, support education or contribute to cultural preservation. Previously, NGOs were limited in how they could engage with the Syrian regime due primarily to US sanctions, though humanitarian waivers existe…

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