U.S. draft bill authorizes creating economic zones in areas liberated from the Syrian regime

WASHINGTON / DARAMSUQ (DAMASCUS) – The U.S. House of Representatives presented a draft bill on Syria yesterday under the name “Stop the killing in Syria”, reports Qasioun News. The bill prohibits any recognition of the Syrian Baath regime because its government is illegal and declares Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as not eligible to run in any future elections. It also stipulates imposing the most severe sanctions on the Syrian Baath regime and on banks in Lebanon, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Gulf countries, China or any other country which has any relation with the Syrian regime.

The draft bill authorizes the U.S. administration to revitalize the economy of the areas outside the control of the Syrian regime by allowing allows those liberated areas to establishment trade relations with the U.S. and other countries of the world. It is the first of its kind. The bill declares that the U.S. policy in Syria would help topple the Baath regime of President Bashar al-Assad and support like-minded opposition Syrians.

In addition, the bill would fill some of the gaps in the Caesar Act and increasing economic and political pressure on the Assad regime.