U.S. lifts sanctions on Syria's former prime minister

WASHINGTON Tue Aug 14, 2012 10:31am EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday lifted financial sanctions against former Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab after his decision to leave Bashar al-Assad's government.

The U.S. Treasury is ending its freeze on assets Hijab may have held under U.S. jurisdiction, the department said in a statement. Nearly 30 senior officials in Assad's government are on the U.S. Treasury's list of persons hit with asset freezes, including Syria's new prime minister, Wael Nader Al-Halqi.

(Reporting By Rachelle Younglai; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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