US Republicans and Democrats call on Donald Trump to strictly enforce the sanctions imposed on Syria
US Republicans and Democrats call on Donald Trump to strictly enforce the sanctions imposed on Syria

US Republicans and Democrats on Monday evening called on the administration of President Donald Trump to implement "strict" sanctions imposed on Syria under the "Caesar Law".

In particular, the law provides for freezing reconstruction aid and imposing sanctions on the Syrian regime and its cooperating companies unless the perpetrators of the violations are tried.

The law also targets Russian and Iranian entities working with the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

The "Caesar Law", which the US President signed in December, will enter into force in mid-June.

Yesterday, Monday, the two heads of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the House and Senate and their two deputies said in a joint statement that "the Syrian people have suffered greatly, and for a long time, under the shadow of Assad and his Arabians."

Republicans James Rich, Michael McCall, and Democrats Elliot Engel and Bob Menendez added in their statement that "the administration must implement the Caesar Law strictly and on time, until it reaches the system and those who maintain its existence are a message that Assad is still an outcast."

The two senators and two deputies stressed that Assad "will never be a legitimate official (...) The regime and its Arabs must end the killing of innocents and give the Syrians a path of reconciliation, stability and freedom."

"Caesar" is a pseudonym for a former cameraman in the Syrian Military Police who defected from the public order in 2013, carrying with him 55,000 pictures showing brutality and violations in Syrian prisons.

The secret hearing of him in the 2014 Congress was the motivation for drafting this law, which bore his name and was passed in 2019.

During his appearance again before the Senate last March in a session in which he hidden his face and wore a sports jacket with a hood that exceeded his size, the defector called on Washington to go ahead in punishing Damascus.

For its part, the Syrian regime last week condemned the punitive measures stipulated in the American law, considering that it exacerbated the economic difficulties facing the Syrians.

The Syrian pound has witnessed in the past months a historical decline against the dollar, with inflation worsening in countries sunk into the war since 2011.